‘Fake AP Stylebook’ Scores Book Deal

By: E&P Staff

The FakeAPStylebook Twitter feed, which boasts more than 89,000 followers ince its launch late last October, has landed a book deal.

The feed?s clever, sometimes bizarre humor skirts the edge of absurd at times, but maintains the spirit of the copy editor’s bible.Some examples: “?Catwoman? is the Batman villain. ?Cat Woman? is your neighbor whose apartment smells funny.? ?Putting a lowercase ?i? in front of capitalized words in stories about Apple is iDiotic.?

The minds behind it are Ken Lowery, a copy editor at United Methodist Reporter in Dallas, and Mark Hale, a friend of Lowery’s in Louisville, Ky. They’re aided by a stable of contributors called “The Bureau Chiefs” that includes a librarian, an attorney and an associate professor of English, among others.

On Jan. 14, they tweeted, ?Never announce your own book deals, as that would be gauche. (In Bookstores Spring 2011, from Three Rivers Press.)?

If you?re not already following these folks, check them out here.

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