English Usage and Style for Editors

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Scarecrow Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 165 pages
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Designed to be a resource for editors, authors, and those learning about editorial techniques, English Usage and Style for Editors presents authoritative answers to some of the troubling problems of usage that the manuscript editor faces daily. Thatcher uses examples to isolate the most likely and obtrusive blunders, and then offers a means for their correction. Each chapter also begins with a list of recognized sources, should the reader wish to study the subject in greater depth. Thatcher created this book to be useful to several people: the editorial trainee will find it a readily understandable guide for coursework or in a publishing house; the working editor may rely on it as a dependable reference tool for unraveling difficult usage puzzles; and the author will be able to use assistance in preparing manuscripts in electronic form. Contains a bibliography, a glossary of key words, and appendixes with copyediting and proofreader's marks.
 

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Contents

Punctuation as Related to Syntax
11
Too Much and Too Little Excesses and Deficiencies
19
Word Usage and Idiom
31
Order
41
Coordination and Subordination
51
Agreement
61
Consistency
75
Logic and Numerical Accuracy
87
Spelling
107
Punctuation Marks
119
Distinctive Treatment
125
Word Compounding and Word Division Use of Hyphens
135
Quotations
141
Glossary
149
Bibliography
155
Index
157

Grammatical Analysis
97
Mechanical Editing
101
Introduction
103
About the Author
165
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About the author (1997)

Virginia S. Thatcher has served as a freelance editor and indexer for six publishers in the U.S. and Canada. She has been active in the publishing industry for over fifty years, and has served as editor and indexer at the Year Book Medical Publishers, and editor-in-chief at Consolidated Book Publishers.

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