The Fine Art of Copyediting

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byElsie Myers Stainton

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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.

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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...

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.
Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 5, 2002Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231502702

ISBN - 13:9780231502702

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Structured and insightful Exactly what you'd expect of a copy editor. Insightful and enriching content. Precise and concise.
Date published: 2014-07-24

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
One. Basics
The Copyeditor's Job; The Copyeditor's Stance; Kinds of Editors; The Value of Copyediting
Two. Legal and Contractual Aspects of Publishing
Mutual Dependency; Libel; Indiscretion (Bias); Copyright and Permissions
Design: Illustrations; Jackets
Other Contractual Specifics: Titles; Proofs and AAs; Index
Three. Types of Editing
Books:Trade Books, Scholarly Books, Textbooks, Scientific and Professional Books
Reference Volumes: Dictionaries of the English Language; Other Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Miscellaneous
Journals
Four. The Editor's Dilemma
Personal Relations: Praise; Differences of Opinion
Difficult Manuscripts: Editor's Ploys; The Confident Bad Writer
The Role of Appreciation
Five. Editorial Procedures
Basics: Choices; Generic Coding
Preliminaries: Chapter Titles and Headings; Illustrative Material; Notes and Bibliography or References; Front Matter
Copyediting: Errors, Ambiguities, Inconsistencies; Style of Writing
Style Sheet: Capital Letters; Italics; Hyphens
Special Problems: Corrections
Finishing Up: Running Heads; Spine Copy; Review
Editor to Author
Six. Computer Technology
The Publishing House; Computer Aids; Editor on Computer; Author on Computer; Computer Language; Results
Seven. A Concise Manual of Writing Style for Copyeditors
General Guidelines; Rhetoric; Readership; Ambiguity; Repetition; Pretentiousness
Details: Spelling; Capitalization; Italics; Compound Words and Hyphens; British Spelling and Punctuation
Grammar and Usage: Parts of Speech; Mistakes in Grammar; That and Which; Punctuation; Abbreviations; Cross-References
Tables
Bias-Free Writing
Eight. The Fine Art
Sentences
Punctuation
Figures of Speech: New Uses for Old Words; Metaphors
New Words
Changing Usage
Nine. Notes, References, and Bibliographies
Numbered Notes: Content and Placement; Shortening
Parenthetical References
Bibliographies (and Notes)
References (and Parenthetical Citations)
Page and Volume Numbers
Alphabetization
Summary on Documentation
Basic Serviceable Forms of Notation and Reference: Numbered Notes and Bibliography; Parenthetical Notes and References
Ten. Special Editing Problems
Authors' Foibles: Faulty Research; Stubborn Author; Venerable Author; Problem Prefaces and Introductions
Special Cases: Lectures to Books; Multiple Authorship; Transliteration; Translations
Scholarship: Hebrew and Other Scripts; Authoritative Sources and Accuracy; Final Checking
Eleven. Proofs and Index
Twelve. Job Satisfaction
Annotated Bibliography
Dictionaries
Manuals on Grammar and Format
Stylistic Aids on Writing
Reference Works
Appendix. Figure 1. Sample of Computer-Edited Copy
Figure 2. Explanation and Illustration of Editing Changes on Hard Copy or Typescript
Figure 3. Abbreviations for Notes and Bibliographies
Figure 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.