A guide comparing Associated Press style and Chicago style for editors, writers, teachers, students, word nerds, and anyone else who gives a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style.

Welcome to AP vs. Chicago!

I started this blog as a way of keeping track of the world of style and usage according to The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style and the ways in which they differ.

As a full-time and freelance copy editor with 20-plus years of experience (I started early, a true word nerd), I have one goal: to catch what other editors miss . . . by producing high-caliber work across all fronts, from one-sheets and packaging to business proposals and directories.

Even if my client does not claim allegiance to any style, I will go along with the style they've arbitrarily created and shake out the mess of commas, hyphens, capitals, and italics to create a piece that sings with power and clarity. And for websites, advertisements, letters, and resumes, this is what makes what you're selling shine.

Because I want to be the best copy editor anyone has ever worked with, I make it my job to keep up with changing styles as well as the evolution of language (or devolution, as the case may be). And since the publishers of AP and Chicago style both unleashed brand-new (exciting!) editions in 2010, this is a chance for me to really get to know them and share my findings with you. I do confess that I find Chicago style more charming (i.e., nerdier), but this will not affect my discussion of either. Okay, the occasional snarky comment may slip out. You won't feel a thing.

That said, I do not promise to use any particular style on this blog or to even conform to the style I started out with. Because that makes it more fun for me. But do tell me if I've made a typo.

Questions about style and usage are always welcome. Grammar questions amuse me also. Send them all to apvschicago@gmail.com. If it takes me a while to address your question, please forgive.

Thanks for dropping by.