The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications Paperback – Dec 7 2005
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"The first three chapters alone are worth the cover price. It's a book that acknowledges an assortment of vexing copyediting questions and offers multiple answers to most of them."
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"The first three chapters alone are worth the cover price. It's a book that acknowledges an assortment of vexing copyediting questions and offers multiple answers to most of them."Gary Hernandez, Technical Communication
"An excellent textbook to teach the essentials of copyediting. An excellent reference work for workplace writing."Mark Armstrong, Business Communication Quarterly
"Brims with valuable information, good advice, and helpful suggestions for novice copyeditors and experienced practitioners."Alice Levine, The Denver Publishing Institute
"An indispensable reference tool."Kim Hawley, President, The Chicago Book Clinic
"Thorough, useful, helpful, and smart."Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax and Wired Style
"Straightforward, sound advice for beginning or intermediate copyeditors working with pencil or online."Priscilla S. Taylor, The Editorial Eye
"Lays out the copyeditor's obligations with humor, style, and perspective."Walter Pagel, Science Editor
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Whereas most Style Guides are written for reference, rather than for reading from cover to cover, this Handbook is an extremely readable tutorial for "new and aspiring copyeditors who will be working on nonfiction books, journal articles ... and corporate publications" -- and it comes complete with exercises and answers. There's also a side-by-side comparison of light, medium and heavy copyediting of a sample text.
In addition to useful practical guidelines for paper-based editing, there are also useful guidelines for using word processor redlining to highlight changes in computer-based edits.
It covers practical, perennial questions like "How can you reliably estimate completion dates, i.e. what's a reasonable workload in terms of pages per hour?" "When should you query the writer, and how can you write more effective queries?"
I have two main criticisms about this book. One is that the type is small and rather faint -- maybe it is the poor quality of the paper? The other is that the title of the book is inappropriate -- this is not just a book for copyeditors; it is also a "must read" for technical writers and technical translators. But that is not so much a criticism as a compliment.
This is my second time purchasing this book, because I highlighted my first copy too much and wanted to start fresh. I tend to do that with reference books that are extremely helpful, which is why I know that this one is a good one.
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