Cec Murphy is running a series on common mistakes writers make. This article deals with percent and percentage used in book publication.
Percent and percentage refer to fractions of 100. Percent always follows a number: I sell 85 percent of the books I write. Do not use the symbol (%) when writing for book publication. Some magazines and newspapers use the percent symbol.
Percentage stands alone without numbers. A high percentage of writers never earn back their advance payments. Learn more.