Copyediting: A Practical Guide / Edition 3

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Filled with sound, practical advice, this book is a must if you wish to become an effective copyeditor.

This book goes beyond rudimentary copyediting and demostrates how to deal with a manuscipt, from the publisher's point-of-view.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560526087
  • Publisher: Axzo Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Crisp Professional Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
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 Symbols 20
How to Mark Changes in Manuscript
Shorthand Symbols
3. Awareness Training 42
Three Rules of Copyediting
Learning to Be Aware
Preparing and Following a Style Sheet
Areas That Cause Problems
4. A Review of Punctuation and Grammar 62
All the Punctuation Marks and How They Are Used
Troublesome Grammatical Points
5. Spelling, Capitalization, and Hyphenation 104
Tricky Spelling
When to Capitalize
Which Compound Words Are One Word, Two Words, or Hyphenated Words
6. Style and Word Usage 125
Using Elements of Sentence Structure to Advantage
Making Crisp Sentences
Avoiding Stereotyping
Using the Correct Word
Following the Author's Style
7. Numbers and Abbreviations 144
When to Use Digits
Roman Versus Italic Abbreviations
When to Spell Out Abbreviations
Postal Service Abbreviations
8. Notes and Bibliographies 161
How Footnote and Reference Styles Differ
How to Handle Text References
9. Coding Manuscript 176
A Discussion of Design
How to Key
How to Typemark According to Specs
Using Copyediting Symbols to Make Complex Changes
10. Other Aspects of Copyediting 196
Physical Copyediting
Writing Queries
Watching for Libel
How to Handle Permissions
Kinds of Artwork
Copyediting Art and Tables
11. Specialized Copyediting 218
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
Science and Mathematics
Foreign Languages
12. Proofreading 256
Marking Corrections in Proof
Computer Spell-Check Programs
Proofreading In Paris
13. Getting Work 271
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
Index 295
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