Hi! I’m Kathy Ide. In addition to being a published author, I’m a full-time professional freelance editor. For CAN, I’m blogging about tips for writers based on the manuscripts I edit.

Commas: Cities and States

Always use a comma between city and state, whether the state is spelled out or abbreviated or designated by the two-letter postal abbreviation. Use a comma after the state except when followed by the zip code. Examples:

Waukegan, Illinois, is not far from the Wisconsin border.

Phoenix, Ariz., is my hometown.

Fargo, N.D., is the location of my story.

Send the proposal to 123 First Avenue NE, Fullerton, CA 92821.


About Kathy Ide

Kathy Ide, author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, has written books, articles, short stories, devotionals, play scripts, and Sunday school curriculum. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a five-book novel series. Kathy is a full-time freelance editor/proofreader/mentor for new writers, established authors, and book publishers. She speaks at writers’ conferences across the country. Kathy is the founder and director of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network (www.TheChristianPEN.com) and the Christian Editor Connection (www.ChristianEditor.com). For more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

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