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The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications [Paperback]

Amy Einsohn
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May 16 2000
The Copyeditor's Handbook is a lively, practical manual for newcomers to publishing and for experienced editors who want to fine-tune their skills or broaden their understanding of the craft. Addressed to copyeditors in book publishing and corporate communications, this thoughtful handbook explains what copyeditors do, what they look for when they edit a manuscript, and how they develop the editorial judgment needed to make sound decisions.
This book may be used for self-instruction or as a textbook in copyediting classes. The fifteen practice exercises--ranging from sets of sentences to 900-word articles--are accompanied by answer keys and detailed line-by-line explanations. Readers will also welcome the glossary of copyediting jargon, glossary of grammar terms, and a checklist for analyzing the idiosyncrasies of a publisher's "house style." All editors will want to keep this handy reference right next to their copy of The Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

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"A basic text for beginning copyeditors and a good read for old pros, this handbook will also enlighten any editor contemplating freelance work." -- Margaret Mahan, former Managing Editor, University of Chicago Press, and editor of The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition

"The Copyeditor's Handbook brims with valuable information, good advice, and helpful suggestions for novice copyeditors and experienced practitioners. It is comforting to know that current and future copyeditors will be able to turn to this handbook. I'm placing this work, which fills a huge gap in the literature, right beside my dictionary, and will highly recommend it to all my colleagues and students." --Alice Levine, Lecturer, The Denver Publishing Institute, and freelance editor

"A definite 'must have' for the beginning to intermediate editor or author, and even the experienced editor. An indispensable reference tool." --Kim Hawley, President, The Chicago Book Clinic

"This is the book that every teacher of editing has been waiting for: thorough, clear, authoritative, up-to-date, and sane." --Beth Luey, Director, Scholarly Publishing Program, Arizona State University

"This book warms the cockles of the copyediting heart. It is thorough, useful, helpful, and smart. And it fills a huge vacuum." --Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax and Wired Style

"An excellent resource. The Copyeditor's Handbook should sit on every business editor's shelf, next to the in-house style guide." --Erika Henik, Research Publications Manager, Banc of America Securities LLC

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"A basic text for beginning copyeditors and a good read for old pros, this handbook will also enlighten any editor contemplating freelance work." - Margaret Mahan, former Managing Editor, University of Chicago Press, and editor of The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition "The Copyeditor's Handbook brims with valuable information, good advice, and helpful suggestions for novice copyeditors and experienced practitioners. It is comforting to know that current and future copyeditors will be able to turn to this handbook. I'm placing this work, which fills a huge gap in the literature, right beside my dictionary, and will highly recommend it to all my colleagues and students." -Alice Levine, Lecturer, The Denver Publishing Institute, and freelance editor "A definite 'must have' for the beginning to intermediate editor or author, and even the experienced editor. An indispensable reference tool." -Kim Hawley, President, The Chicago Book Clinic "This is the book that every teacher of editing has been waiting for: thorough, clear, authoritative, up-to-date, and sane." -Beth Luey, Director, Scholarly Publishing Program, Arizona State University "This book warms the cockles of the copyediting heart. It is thorough, useful, helpful, and smart. And it fills a huge vacuum." -Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax and Wired Style "An excellent resource. The Copyeditor's Handbook should sit on every business editor's shelf, next to the in-house style guide." -Erika Henik, Research Publications Manager, Banc of America Securities LLC --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource! May 12 2004
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As a copy editor (and grammar nut), every day I rely on style guides, dictionaries, and other resources. This handbook is one of my favorite reference books. It's a great resource when you forget certain basic rules or when you come across an obscure grammar problem. It explains rules in simple English and provides plenty of good examples. It also includes several grammar practice tests. The index is very helpful and almost always leads you where you need to go. For those reviews that complained that it's not an engaging read, well, of course not. It's really more of a reference manual, not something you're going to curl up with in bed.
While it's probably especially useful for younger editors, I think it's still a helpful reference for old pros, too. I know that I'll keep it with me as my career continues.
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This is a practical text for newcomers to publishing and for editors. It explains what copyeditors do, what they look for when they edit a manuscript, and how they develop the editorial judgment needed to make decisions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complementary Reference Book Jan. 28 2004
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Sure, The Copyeditor's Handbook is full of information and advice for copyeditors, but I read it as a writer trying to learn more about the process and procedures of editing my own work. And for that I am grateful to Ms. Einsohn. In the process of writing, revising, writing some more and revising again, the editing procedures and formalities I garnered has help me become a better writer. I review my drafts in a different light, understanding now the editor's decision to move a sentence or a paragraph to make my writing clearer.
This book sits between my Chicago Manual of Style and Elements of Style, each complementing the other. The author's style is lively and won't bore you, while the excercises are great because the answers are in the book. Try it, you'll like it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Second rate reference book July 11 2003
Format:Paperback
A rather toothless attempt at rewriting Strunk and White, or Chicago into "fun." Reference books shouldn't waste this much space on casual conversation. Get to the point--get Elements of Style, Elements of Grammar, and Chicago rather than this handbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its Kind Dec 16 2002
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I'm a bit of of a writer's book junkie. Certain rules of grammar never seem to stick and other rules are quickly forgotten if I don't keep up. "The Copyeditor's Handbook" is the most comprehensive and useful book of its kind that I have found. The writing is engaging, the excercises helpful, and the range of information covered is impressive. This belongs on every copywriter and copyeditor's reference shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its Kind Dec 16 2002
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I'm a bit of of a writer's book junkie. Certain rules of grammar never seem to stick and other rules are quickly forgotten if I don't keep up. "The Copyeditor's Handbook" is the most comprehensive and useful book of its kind that I have found. The writing is engaging, the excercises helpful, and the range of information covered is impressive. This belongs on every copywriter and copyeditors reference shelf.
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