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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; second edition edition (Jan. 30 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231124791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231124799
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #828,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This second edition documents the updates that have occurred in publishing procedures and editing techniques... the information that Stainton provides can be useful to any editor as well as to any writer.

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The Fine Art of Copyediting has been updated intelligently to include the computer age of copyediting while remaining well informed in relaying the basics of the job and process in a friendly way that appeals to beginning as well as experienced editors. I found this concise handbook to be a good and helpful resource.

(Kim Lewis, Executive Managing Editor for WIlliam Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

A little gem of a book--pithy, wise, and reassuring. It's every copyeditor's dream, for not a word is wasted, yet nothing important is left out. It has something to say to all members of its logical audience--neophytes to the publishing world, writers, freelancers, even old hands like me. (My particular favorite is the chapter on special editing problems!) It's going on my shelf right next to the other books I consult every day.

(Nancy Inglis, Associate Director of Copyediting, Simon & Schuster)

The copyeditor's aim--to help authors express themselves clearly and gracefully--is sometimes obscured by a tangle of commas and small caps. The second edition of The Fine Art of Copyediting puts the copyeditor's job in perspective, reminding the experienced editor as well as the novice that editors and authors share the goal of clarity.

(Jenya Weinreb, Managing Editor, Yale University Press)

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This well-crafted book focuses on the details of copyediting and as a bonus gives advice on human relationships in the editorial process. Well-written, insightful, concise, and punchy, this compact book provides a novice with the basics of copyediting and is a useful and fun review for old hands. I recommmend The Fine Art of Copyediting highly.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb36e65e8) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb68d5c6c) out of 5 stars A Very Useful Book Feb. 8 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a fan of THE CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE, but this book about "the fine art" is an excellent supplementary help. I'm an old hand at editing and I recommend it highly. Here, thank goodness, is a book to introduce you to the business of editing. I found information on all aspects of the profession. The details on editing procedures and the examples of notes, etc., are particularly helpful. Surprisingly, the concise manual of style in this book tells all you need to know to start right in editing.
66 of 79 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3716f78) out of 5 stars Not what the title promises Jan. 14 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is more about getting along with the people you work with than about copyediting. The author goes on at length about bolstering an author's ego but devotes only a few pages to the symbols of editing and how they are used. There are few examples or exercises. For those who actually wish to learn about the actual job I recommend Copyediting by Karen Judd or Style and Substance by Mary Stoughton. Both are excellent and contain many exercises and examples.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3c11e70) out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book with a Refreshing Approach March 6 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This well-crafted book focuses on the details of copyediting and as a bonus gives advice on human relationships in the editorial process. Well-written, insightful, concise, and punchy, this compact book provides a novice with the basics of copyediting and is a useful and fun review for old hands. I recommmend The Fine Art of Copyediting highly.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb37683d8) out of 5 stars Just the book I need Feb. 8 2000
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Format: Paperback
This lively and informative book is the one I always turn to as a ready reference. Stainton has the light touch and the right touch. She is alert to the real problems facing the editor. No wonder William Safire comments on back cover: "I recommend The Fine Art of Copydeiting."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3c11e58) out of 5 stars Brilliant Reference Book March 8 2007
By Liz Ellerbe - Published on Amazon.com
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No other book is needed than this abundant source of answers. The scope goes beyond what one can usually obtain from other books of this nature. I imagine it's indispensable for authors and wish that it were for reference librarians. (Based on their answers, I don't believe that to be the case.) Although not laid out as a textbook, it IS a textbook -the most comprehensive that I've yet seen.


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