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The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications Paperback – May 16 2000


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  • Paperback: 573 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 16 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520218353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520218352
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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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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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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By ShawnaLanne on 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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By ShawnaLanne on 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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