Copyediting: A Practical Guide / Edition 3

Copyediting: A Practical Guide / Edition 3

by Karen Judd
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560526084

ISBN-13: 2901560526086

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Axzo Press

Copy editor is there, proofreading is usually there, edit and editing are easy to find...but not copyediting. In fact, many dictionaries will present the term copy editor as two words rather than one. Most copyeditors would take exception. A copyeditor does not edit copy, a copyeditor copyedits copy. Of the many definitions of copyediting, the author's favorite is a…  See more details below

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Copy editor is there, proofreading is usually there, edit and editing are easy to find...but not copyediting. In fact, many dictionaries will present the term copy editor as two words rather than one. Most copyeditors would take exception. A copyeditor does not edit copy, a copyeditor copyedits copy. Of the many definitions of copyediting, the author's favorite is a response from a friend, "... I see my job as making my work invisible."

Copyediting fits into any publishing process at the point before the work reaches its final form, whatever that may be, print or electronic. There are probably millions of pages out there in some form of publication that have not been copyedited, and for the most part they can be read and understood. But in traditional forms of publication -- magazines, newspapers, and books (and increasingly in electronic publications) -- there are standards that must be met to ensure that, at the least, some minimum level of good, understandable communication takes place. To achieve that level, a copyeditor must call on all the areas of knowledge he or she has ever accumulated and go beyond (but not ignore) the standard rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. At the heart of this process is sometimes just knowing when to ask the simple question, the right question, the one that will expand, enrich, clarify, or develop the author's vision and allow the author to succeed. And, copyediting is at its best when it is invisible in helping authors to use their craft.

The work of copyediting is explored fully by Karen Judd, extending this edition into some of the regions of electronic publishing. The many disciplines used and the tasks of copyediting are explained and developed with examples. It will take you beyond the simple style book, or the rules you learned about capitalization, and teach you the heart of the work of copyediting. All of it is here in one of the most widely respected books in the field -- from proofreading marks to bibliographic research -- you can learn it here.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901560526086
Publisher:
Axzo Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Series:
Crisp Professional Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
328

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsix
1.What Is Copyediting?1
Definitions of Copyediting
A Look at the Publishing Industry
The Production Process
Desktop Publishing
Editorial Jobs
What It Takes to Be a Copyeditor
A Copyeditor's Responsibilities
2.Copyediting and Proofreading Symbols20
How to Mark Changes in Manuscript
Shorthand Symbols
3.Awareness Training42
Three Rules of Copyediting
Learning to Be Aware
Preparing and Following a Style Sheet
Areas That Cause Problems
Alphabetizing
4.A Review of Punctuation and Grammar62
All the Punctuation Marks and How They Are Used
Troublesome Grammatical Points
5.Spelling, Capitalization, and Hyphenation104
Tricky Spelling
When to Capitalize
Which Compound Words Are One Word, Two Words, or Hyphenated Words
6.Style and Word Usage125
Using Elements of Sentence Structure to Advantage
Making Crisp Sentences
Avoiding Stereotyping
Using the Correct Word
Following the Author's Style
7.Numbers and Abbreviations144
When to Use Digits
Roman Versus Italic Abbreviations
When to Spell Out Abbreviations
Postal Service Abbreviations
8.Notes and Bibliographies161
How Footnote and Reference Styles Differ
How to Handle Text References
9.Coding Manuscript176
A Discussion of Design
How to Key
How to Typemark According to Specs
Using Copyediting Symbols to Make Complex Changes
10.Other Aspects of Copyediting196
Physical Copyediting
Writing Queries
Watching for Libel
How to Handle Permissions
Kinds of Artwork
Copyediting Art and Tables
Frontmatter
11.Specialized Copyediting218
Major Areas of Publishing: How Are They Set Up?
What Jobs Are Available?
What Do Publishers Look For in Copyeditors?
What Idiosyncrasies of Style Do Different Publishers Have?
College Texts
El-hi Texts
Nonfiction
Fiction
Poetry
Drama
Juvenile
Medical
Religious
Legal
Science and Mathematics
Foreign Languages
Tests
Reprints
Magazines
Newspapers
12.Proofreading256
Marking Corrections in Proof
Computer Spell-Check Programs
Proofreading In Paris
13.Getting Work271
Looking For a Job
Taking a Test
How Much You Can Expect to Earn
No Copyeditor Should Be Without...288
The Best Reference Books to Own, and Why
Index295

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