Writing for Business

by Steve Roche

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Rapport when writing is just as important as with any other form of communication, and many of the rapport techniques are useable when writing.


Persuasive business writing

Patrick Forsyth, published by How To Books Ltd, 2002, 128 pages

A guide to achieving your objectives and raising your profile through effective business writing.

How to write proposals and reports that get results: master the skills of business writing

Ros Jay, published by Financial Times Prentice Hall, 1999, 166 pages

A step-by-step guide to writing a report or proposal from start to finish. Covers structure, grammar and presentation, and includes exercises to give the reader some practice.

The ‘Economist’ style guide

Published by Economist Books, 2003, 176 pages

Valuable to anyone who wants to communicate with the clarity, style and precision for which The Economist is renowned. As the introduction says, ‘clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought’.

Persuasive business proposals: writing to win more customers, clients and contracts

Tom Sant, published by Amacom, 2004, 224 pages

Shows how customers make buying decisions, and how to create and deliver a winning proposal.

The complete plain words

Sir Ernest Gowers, published by Penguin Books, 2004, 304 pages

Covers jargon, clichés, spelling and punctuation, ground rules of grammar, superfluous words, using words correctly and concisely, overuse or misuse, and sexist language.

Plus: Chambers, Oxford, Collins, Penguin or any other reputable Dictionary.

Copyediting and proofreading for dummies

Suzanne Gilad, published by John Wiley and Sons, 2007, 384 pages

This book provides an excellent introduction to the subject

The no-nonsense proofreading course

Michael Sellars and Jeff Fullerton, eBook from The non-nonsense proofreading course

New Hart’s rules (adapted from The Oxford guide to style)

R M Ritter, published by the Oxford University Press, 2005, 432 pages

This book provides information on all aspects of writing and of preparing copy for publication, whether in print or electronically.


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