The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, Third Edition, With Exercises and Answer Keys / Edition 3

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The Copyeditor's Handbook is a lively, practical manual for newcomers to publishing and for experienced editors who want to fine-tune their skills or broaden their understanding of the craft. This book may be used for self-instruction or as a textbook in copyediting classes. The exercises are accompanied by answer keys and detailed line-by-line explanations.

The third edition features

• Updates reflecting the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and the most current editions of other major style manuals.

• Additional updates to register technology-driven changes in onscreen editing procedures and typecoding.

• A revised chapter on resources for editors.

• Expanded bibliography and glossary.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A practical manual for revising professional papers to all who wish to further their knowledge and develop their skills.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520271562
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition, With Exercises and Answer Keys
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 72,280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Einsohn is a professional editor with thirty years of experience in scholarly, trade nonfiction, and corporate publishing.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I The ABCs of Copyediting 1

1 What Copyeditors Do 3

Principal Tasks 4

Levels of Copyediting 13

The Editorial Process 15

Editorial Triage 19

Estimates 21

One Paragraph,Three Ways 23

2 Basic Procedures 29

Marking Changes on Hard Copy 30

Making Changes On-Screen 37

Querying 39

Style Sheets 47

Cleanup 54

3 Reference Books and Resources 57

Four Essential Books 57

On the Bookshelf 62

Websites 66

Part 2 Editors Style 69

4 Punctuation 71

Conventions,Fashions,and Style 72

Function 1 Terminal Punctuation 74

Function 2 Joining Clauses 78

Function 3 Setting Off Phrases 86

Function 4 Indicating Omission 92

Mark-by-Mark Pitfalls 93

Multiple Punctuation 111

Eyeballing Every Mark 113

Controversial Techniques 115

Exercise A 117

Exercise B 119

5 Spelling and Hypenation 121

Improving Your Spelling Skills 122

Variant Spellings 125

British Spelling 126

Homophones 127

Foreign Words and Phrases 129

Proper Nouns and Adjectives 130

Plurals 131

Possessives 134

One Word or Two? 137

Spellcheckers 144

Exercise C 146

Exercise D 148

6 Capitalization 151

Personal Names and Titles 152

Geographical Names 155

Racial and Ethnic Groups 157

Company Names,Trademarks,and Brand Names 158

Cyberjargon 159

Titles of Works 160

Names of Plants and Animals 163

Exercise E 164

Exercise F 166

7 Numbers and Numerals 171

Words or Numerals? 171

Money 178

Time 180

Street Numbers and Phone Numbers 183

Units of Measurement 184

Roman Numerals 187

Inclusive Numerals 188

Mathematical Signs and Symbols 189

Style Sheet Entries 190

Exercise G 192

Exercise H 194

8 Quotations 196

Misspellings in the Source Document 197

Odd Wording in the Source Document 197

Run-in and Set-off Quotations 199

Punctuation of Quotations 203

Syntactical Fit 205

Ellipsis Points 208

Brackets 210

Citing Sources 211

Exercise I 213

9 Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols 216

Abbreviations 218

Acronyms 226

Symbols and Signs 231

Exercise J 234

10 Tables,Graphs,and Art 242

Tables 243

Graphs 261

Art 269

Exercise K 271

Exercise L 272

11 References 274

Author-Date System 275

Reference Notes 284

Citation-Sequence System 292

Exercise M 295

12 Front and Back Matter 297

Front Matter 297

Back Matter 300

Glossaries 300

Indexes 302

Exercise N 307

13 Typecoding 309

Typecoding on Hard Copy 309

Typecoding On-Screen 312

Heads and Subheads 317

Lists 319

Design Specs 322

Exercise O 329

Part 3 Language Editing 333

14 Grammar: Principles and Pitfalls 335

Whose Grammar? 337

Subject-Verb Agreement 339

Troublesome Verbs 347

Split Infinitives 351

Subjunctive Mood 352

Dangling Participles 356

Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers 359

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement 361

Case of Nouns and Pronouns 364

Parallel Form 368

Adjectives and Adverbs 369

Fewer and Less 371

Prepositions 372

Miscellaneous Bugaboos 374

15 Beyond Grammer 377

Organization 377

Expository Style 383

Bias-Free Language 404

Publishing Law 416

Checklist of Editorial Preferences 421

Glossary of Copyediting Terms 431

Glossary of Grammar Terms 447

Answer Keys 457

Selected Bibliography 527

Index 531

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    Balanced, thorough, and practical

    The Copyeditor's Handbook gives solid advice for writers, copyeditors, and proofreaders. The writing is balanced and unbiased, and careful attention is given to key variations among leading style guides. Einsohn's even hand makes the book a pleasure to read from cover to cover, even for those with years of copyediting experience. The book handles practically every important aspect of copyediting for newcomers and experienced professionals alike. Best of all, the book practices what it preaches. The Copyeditor's Handbook is one of the best edited publications I've read in the writing, copyediting, usage, and style genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    Clean and clear book

    The book is very practical and clear. The book's best quality is that it contains exercises with answer keys in the back. It is a very helpful book (especially for beginners), and it is not as difficult to read as CMS.

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