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

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University of California Press, Dec 7, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 574 pages
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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 revised edition reflects the most recent editions of The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.), the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.), and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.).
 

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This is the Most Useful Reference Book for copyeditors to have. It has detailed, well-communicated information on just about any grammatical or stylistic issue there might be. Highly recommend for any professional. Read full review

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Judd's book remains the most accessible guide for anyone who wants to know more about copyediting for book publishers. Judd provides explanations and short, basic exercises to illustrate the ... Read full review

Contents

THE ABCs OF COPYEDITING
1
WHAT COPYEDITORS DO
3
Principal Tasks
4
Levels of Copyediting
13
The Editorial Process
15
Editorial Triage
19
Estimates
21
One Paragraph Three Ways
23
Exercise H
194
QUOTATIONS
196
Misspellings in the Source Document
197
Runin and Setoff Quotations
199
Punctuation of Quotations
203
Syntactical Fit
205
Ellipsis Points
208
Brackets
210

BASIC PROCEDURES
29
Making Changes on Hard Copy
30
Making Changes OnScreen
37
Querying
39
Style Sheets
47
Cleanup
54
REFERENCE BOOKS AND RESOURCES
57
On the Bookshelf
62
Newsletters
66
EDITORIAL STYLE
69
PUNCTUATION
71
Conventions Fashions and Style
72
Terminal Punctuation
74
Joining Clauses
78
Setting Off Phrases
86
Indicating Omission
92
MarkbyMark Pitfalls
93
Multiple Punctuation
111
Eyeballing Every Mark
113
Controversial Techniques
115
Exercise A
117
Exercise B
119
SPELLING AND HYPHENATION
121
Improving Your Spelling Skills
122
Variant Spellings
125
British Spelling
126
Homophones
127
Foreign Words and Phrases
129
Proper Nouns and Adjectives
130
Plurals
131
Possessives
134
One Word or Two?
137
Spellcheckers
144
Exercise C
146
Exercise D
148
CAPITALIZATION
151
Personal Names and Titles
152
Geographical Names
155
Racial and Ethnic Groups
157
Company Names Trademarks and Brand Names
158
Cyberjargon
159
Titles of Works
160
Names of Plants and Animals
163
Exercise E
164
Exercise F
166
NUMBERS AND NUMERALS
171
Money
178
Time
180
Street Numbers and Phone Numbers
183
Unit of Measurement
184
Roman Numerals
187
Inclusive Numerals
188
Mathematical signs and Symbols
189
Style Sheet Entries
190
Exercise G
192
Citing Sources
211
EXERCISE I
213
ABBREVIATIONS ACRONYMS AND SYMBOLS
216
Abbreviations
218
Acronyms
226
Symbols and Signs
231
Exercise J
234
TABLES GRAPHS AND ART
242
Tables
243
Graphs
261
Art
269
Exercise K
271
Exercise L
272
REFERENCES
274
AuthorDate System
275
Reference Notes
284
CitationSequence System
292
Exercise M
295
FRONT AND BACK MATTER
297
Back Matter
300
Indexes
302
Exercise N
307
TYPECODING
309
Typecoding OnScreen
312
Heads and Subheads
317
Lists
319
Design Specs
322
Exercise O
329
LANGUAGE EDITING
333
GRAMMAR PRINCIPLES AND PITFALLS
335
Whose Grammar?
337
SubjectVerb Agreement
339
Troublesome Verbs
347
Split Infinitives
351
Subjunctive Mood
352
Dangling Participles
356
Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
359
PronounAntecedent Agreement
361
Case of Nouns and Pronouns
364
Parallel Form
368
Adjectives and Adverbs
369
Fewer and Less
371
Prepositions
372
Miscellaneous Bubaboos
374
BEYOND GRAMMAR
377
Expository Style
383
BiasFree Language
404
Publishing Law
416
Checklist of Editorial Preferences
421
Glossary of Copyediting Terms
431
Glossary of Grammar Terms
447
Answer Keys
457
Selected Bibliography
527
Index
531
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About the author (2005)

Amy Einsohn is a professional editor with twenty-five years of experience in scholarly, trade nonfiction, and corporate publishing. She has taught copyediting classes through the University of California's Extension Program and through Editcetera (a San Francisco Bay Area editorial cooperative) and has also conducted on-site corporate training workshops.

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