There is much debate on whether or not one should write to trends. The common school of thought is that, once something is trendy on the shelves, that particular trend is about three years old—and, therefore, no longer the “it” thing.
D4Eo Literary’s Mandy Hubbard posted a very interesting two-part series on trends. Here, she discusses what’s trendy (like, in the slush pile) and what possible holes there are in the market. Here, she divulges what she’s noticed editors are currently seeking. (She also says NOT to write to trends.)
I’ve been doing a lot of editing lately, so I’ve been paying a lot of attention to grammar and formatting. And, of course, that differs, depending on what type of writing you’re doing and who you’re writing it for.
At his Questions and Quandaries blog, Writer’s Digest’s Brian A. Klems preaches to the choir (well, if I’m the choir) about The Chicago Manual of Style. Here, he gives a nice little breakdown of what stylebooks to use and when—and he offers practical advice in terms of grammar and style as well.