The Fine Art of Copyediting by Elsie Myers StaintonThe Fine Art of Copyediting by Elsie Myers Stainton

The Fine Art of Copyediting

byElsie Myers Stainton

Paperback | January 30, 2002

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Many stylebooks and manuals explain writing, but before the release ten years ago of Elsie Myers Stainton's The Fine Art of Copyediting, few addressed the practices and problems of editing. This handbook has guided users through the editing process for books and journals, with tips on how to be diplomatic when recommending changes, how to edit notes and bibliographies, how to check proofs, and how to negotiate the ethical, intellectual, and emotional problems characteristic of the editorial profession. Now featuring solid advice on computer editing and a new chapter on style, as well as more information on references, bibliographies, indexing, and bias-free writing, The Fine Art of Copyediting, Second Edition offers the same wealth of information that prompted William Safire to commend the first edition in The New York Times Magazine.

Complete with helpful checklists for the manuscript, proof, and index stages of book production, as well as an excellent bibliography of reference works useful to the copyeditor, The Fine Art of Copyediting, Second Edition is an indispensable desk reference for writers and editors confronting a host of questions each day. Why use the word "people" instead of "persons?" What precautions are necessary for publishers to avoid libel suits? How can an editor win an author's trust? What type fonts facilitate the copyediting process? How does computer editing work? For experienced and novice copyeditors, writers and students, this is the source for detailed, step-by-step guidance to the entire editorial process.

Elsie Myers Stainton, former managing editor of Cornell University Press, is the author of Author and Editor at Work: Making a Better Book, and numerous articles on writing and editing.
Title:The Fine Art of CopyeditingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.38 × 5.56 × 0.4 inPublished:January 30, 2002Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231124791

ISBN - 13:9780231124799

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second EditionIntroduction1. BasicsThe Copyeditor's Job; The Copyeditor's Stance; Kinds of Editors; The Value of Copyediting2. Legal and Contractual Aspects of PublishingMutual Dependency; Libel; Indiscretion (Bias); Copyright and PermissionsDesign: Illustrations; JacketsOther Contractual Specifics: Titles; Proofs and AAs; Index3. Types of EditingBooks:Trade Books, Scholarly Books, Textbooks, Scientific and Professional BooksReference Volumes: Dictionaries of the English Language; Other Dictionaries and EncyclopediasMiscellaneousJournals4. The Editor's DilemmaPersonal Relations: Praise; Differences of OpinionDifficult Manuscripts: Editor's Ploys; The Confident Bad WriterThe Role of Appreciation5. Editorial ProceduresBasics: Choices; Generic CodingPreliminaries: Chapter Titles and Headings; Illustrative Material; Notes and Bibliography or References; Front MatterCopyediting: Errors, Ambiguities, Inconsistencies; Style of WritingStyle Sheet: Capital Letters; Italics; HyphensSpecial Problems: CorrectionsFinishing Up: Running Heads; Spine Copy; ReviewEditor to Author6. Computer TechnologyThe Publishing House; Computer Aids; Editor on Computer; Author on Computer; Computer Language; Results7. A Concise Manual of Writing Style for CopyeditorsGeneral Guidelines; Rhetoric; Readership; Ambiguity; Repetition; PretentiousnessDetails: Spelling; Capitalization; Italics; Compound Words and Hyphens; British Spelling and PunctuationGrammar and Usage: Parts of Speech; Mistakes in Grammar; That and Which; Punctuation; Abbreviations; Cross-ReferencesTablesBias-Free Writing8. The Fine ArtSentencesPunctuationFigures of Speech: New Uses for Old Words; MetaphorsNew WordsChanging Usage9. Notes, References, and BibliographiesNumbered Notes: Content and Placement; ShorteningParenthetical ReferencesBibliographies (and Notes)References (and Parenthetical Citations)Page and Volume NumbersAlphabetizationSummary on DocumentationBasic Serviceable Forms of Notation and Reference: Numbered Notes and Bibliography; Parenthetical Notes and References10. Special Editing ProblemsAuthors' Foibles: Faulty Research; Stubborn Author; Venerable Author; Problem Prefaces and IntroductionsSpecial Cases: Lectures to Books; Multiple Authorship; Transliteration; TranslationsScholarship: Hebrew and Other Scripts; Authoritative Sources and Accuracy; Final Checking11. Proofs and Index12. Job SatisfactionAnnotated BibliographyDictionariesManuals on Grammar and FormatStylistic Aids on WritingReference WorksAppendix Figure 1. Sample of Computer-Edited CopyFigure 2. Explanation and Illustration of Editing Changes on Hard Copy or TypescriptFigure 3. Abbreviations for Notes and BibliographiesFigure 4. Signs for Correcting Proof

Editorial Reviews

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. 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.