The Subversive Copy Editor, Second Edition: Advice From Chicago (or, How To Negotiate Good Relationships With Your Writers, Your Colleagues, An by Carol Fisher SallerThe Subversive Copy Editor, Second Edition: Advice From Chicago (or, How To Negotiate Good Relationships With Your Writers, Your Colleagues, An by Carol Fisher Saller

The Subversive Copy Editor, Second Edition: Advice From Chicago (or, How To Negotiate Good…

byCarol Fisher Saller

Paperback | April 18, 2016

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Longtime manuscript editor and Chicago Manual of Style guru Carol Fisher Saller has negotiated many a standoff between a writer and editor refusing to compromise on the “rights” and “wrongs” of prose styling. Saller realized that when these sides squared off, it was often the reader who lost. In her search for practical strategies for keeping the peace, The Subversive Copy Editor was born. Saller’s ideas struck a chord, and the little book with big advice quickly became a must-have reference for copy editors everywhere.

In this second edition, Saller adds new chapters, on the dangers of allegiance to outdated grammar and style rules and on ways to stay current in language and technology. She expands her advice for writers on formatting manuscripts for publication, on self-editing, and on how not to be “difficult.” Saller’s own gaffes provide firsthand (and sometimes humorous) examples of exactly what not to do. The revised content reflects today’s publishing practices while retaining the self-deprecating tone and sharp humor that helped make the first edition so popular. Saller maintains that through carefulness, transparency, and flexibility, editors can build trust and cooperation with writers.

The Subversive Copy Editor brings a refreshingly levelheaded approach to the classic battle between writers and editors. This sage advice will prove useful and entertaining to anyone charged with the sometimes perilous task of improving the writing of others.
Carol Fisher Saller is editor of the Chicago Manual of Style Online’s Q&A and writes the Editor’s Corner for the Chicago Manual of Style’s Shop Talk blog. She occasionally writes about language and writing in academe for Lingua Franca at the Chronicle of Higher Education and is the author of several books for children, most recently th...
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Title:The Subversive Copy Editor, Second Edition: Advice From Chicago (or, How To Negotiate Good…Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 18, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022624007X

ISBN - 13:9780226240077

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction

Part One
Working with the Writer, for the Reader
1 The Subversive Copy Editor
2 The Good Launch
3 Working for the Reader, through the Writer: Carefulness, Transparency, Flexibility
4 When Things Get Tough: The Difficult Author
5 The Misguided Martyr; or, Laying Down Your Life for the Serial Comma
6 Dear Writers: A Chapter of Your Own

Part Two
Working with Your Colleagues and with Yourself
7 When Things Get Tough (the Sequel): The Dangerous Manuscript
8 Know Thy Word Processor
9 The Living Deadline
10 That Damned Village: Managing Work Relationships
11 The Freelancer’s Quandaries
12 Things We Haven’t Learned Yet: Keeping Up Professionally
13 The Zen of Copyediting
14 You Still Want to Be a Copy Editor? Breaking In

Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

Editorial Reviews

“Saller is the mentor that every copyeditor dreams of: wise, smart, shrewd, gracious, generous, and self-deprecating.”