American English, British English, Canadian English… which to use for your book?

Roz Morris has shared an amazing blog post she wrote about the differences between American, British, Canadian and Australian English. I thought it was informative and useful! Thank you, Roz!

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w&alogotomayto tomato what brand of English should you useYesterday I spoke at the Writers & Artists self-publishing conference, and one of the attendees raised this subject… which led to an interesting debate.

First of all, does it matter if your editor is American, British, Canadian, Australian, or any other flavour of English?

Not for developmental editing, because that’s about the substance of the book. The editor won’t be recommending line corrections or studying your phrasing or grammar (although they might remark on it).

But in copy editing and proofreading, your use of language will be under scrutiny. That’s where you need an editor in tune with your territory. (Here’s a post on the different editorial processes and the order to do them.)

You say tomayto…

In case you’re wondering, there is far more difference than spellings and vocab. I’m a thoroughly Brit speaker, and I couldn’t copy-edit or proof a US book. Or an Australian book…

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6 thoughts on “American English, British English, Canadian English… which to use for your book?

  1. Thank you A.J.
    Living in Europe, that was one of my problems. Which English do I use? Here in Germany, I use British English since it is preferred by many Germans, but I have now reverted back to writing my book in American English.
    Also very interesting to know that traditionally different versions of the same book is printed to accommodate the different English usage.
    This article was very informative for me.
    Shalom,
    Patti

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