The Craft of Editing: A Guide for Managers, Scientists, and Engineers

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 21, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 160 pages
You are a hired gun of sorts: a manager, scientist, or en gineer called upon to edit a document. Perhaps you are overseeing a long report or thesis, reviewing a journal article, or providing comments on a proposal. For the document before you, what changes do you suggest? How do you clearly and efficiently communicate those changes to the author? How do you convince the author and the other editors that those changes are needed? The answers to these questions define how you edit someone's writing. In business, engineering, and science, the process of editing causes much strife. In fact, my experience in teach ing professional writing over the past fifteen years has been that editing is the number one complaint that pro fessionals have about the process of documenting their work. Many professionals complain that this editing seems to arise more from whim than from logic-that what flies in one document is often shot down in another. Others complain that editors change too much, essentially inserting their own individual styles. Still others complain that the sign-off process is so inefficient and taxing that they sometimes do not document work they know should viii Preface be documented. While in many cases these complaints are unfounded, in many others they are legitimate. This book addresses those complaints that are legitimate by showing managers, scientists, and engineers how to make their editing both more effective and more efficient.
 

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Contents

Editing Where Do You Begin?
1
Knowing Your Goals
2
Knowing Your Constraints
7
When the Pencils Are Blue
11
Editing for Content
12
Editing for Style
17
Editing for Form
26
When the Rules Are Gray
32
Proofreading
57
Reducing the Friction of Editing
64
Agreeing upon the Constraints
66
Recognizing Your Own Idiosyncracies
68
Keeping the Writing on Schedule
70
Providing Spoken and Written Feedback
73
Editing The Big Picture
78
At What Writing Stages Should Editing Occur?
80

Gray with Respect to Time
35
Gray with Respect to Position
37
Gray with Respect to Person
38
Common Editing Situations
43
Writing a Review
45
Performing a Copyedit on Paper
50
Performing a Copyedit Online
52
Who Shall Edit First and Who Shall Edit Last?
82
What Role Should Each Editor Play?
86
One Hundred Problems of Style
91
Glossary of Editing Terms
143
References
151
Index
153
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