The Fine Art of Copyediting [NOOK Book]


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.

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Editorial Reviews

The latest edition of this concise handbook and style manual for book copyeditors reflects the many changes in technology and publishing procedures since the original appeared a decade ago. A new chapter describes some "learned-by-experience niceties of style" and how-to advice not found in the first edition. Stainton, a former managing editor of Cornell U. Press, also includes more pointers about noticing writing style and has enlarged the nicely annotated bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Technical Communication

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231502702
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/5/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xiii
Introduction 1
1. Basics 3
The Copyeditor's Job 3
The Copyeditor's Stance 4
Kinds of Editors 5
The Value of Copyediting 5
2. Legal and Contractual Aspects of Publishing 8
Mutual Dependency 8
Libel 9
Indiscretion (Bias) 10
Copyright and Permissions 12
Design 13
Illustrations 13
Jackets 14
Other Contractual Specifics 14
Titles 14
Proofs and AAs 16
Index 16
3. Types of Editing 17
Books 17
Trade Books 19
Scholarly Books 20
Textbooks 20
Scientific and Professional Books 21
Reference Volumes 22
Dictionaries of the English Language 22
Other Dictionaries and Encyclopedias 22
Miscellaneous 23
Journals 24
4. The Editor's Dilemma 26
Personal Relations 27
Praise 27
Differences of Opinion 28
Difficult Manuscripts 29
Editor's Ploys 29
The Confident Bad Writer 30
The Role of Appreciation 30
5. Editorial Procedures 32
Basics 32
Choices 32
Generic Coding 33
Preliminaries 34
Chapter Titles and Headings 35
Illustrative Material 35
Notes and Bibliography or References 36
Front Matter 37
Copyediting 38
Errors, Ambiguities, Inconsistencies 38
Style of Writing 38
Style Sheet 39
Capital Letters 40
Italics 40
Hyphens 40
Special Problems 41
Corrections 42
Finishing Up 43
Running Heads 44
Spine Copy 44
Review 44
Editor to Author 46
6. Computer Technology 48
The Publishing House 49
Computer Aids 49
Editor on Computer 50
Author on Computer 51
Computer Language 52
Results 53
7. A Concise Manual of Writing Style for Copyeditors 55
General Guidelines 55
Rhetoric 56
Readership 56
Ambiguity 58
Repetition 58
Pretentiousness 59
Details 60
Spelling 60
Capitalization 61
Italics 62
Compound Words and Hyphens 63
British Spelling and Punctuation 63
Grammar and Usage 64
Parts of Speech 64
Mistakes in Grammar 66
That and Which 68
Punctuation 68
Abbreviations 69
Cross-References 69
Tables 69
Bias-Free Writing 70
8. The Fine Art 74
Sentences 75
Punctuation 76
Figures of Speech 78
New Uses for Old Words 78
Metaphors 79
New Words 81
Changing Usage 81
9. Notes, References, and Bibliographies 85
Numbered Notes 86
Content and Placement 86
Shortening 87
Parenthetical References 87
Bibliographies (and Notes) 88
References (and Parenthetical Citations) 90
Page and Volume Numbers 91
Alphabetization 92
Summary on Documentation 92
Basic Serviceable Forms of Notation and References 93
Numbered Notes and Bibliography 93
Parenthetical Notes and References 96
10. Special Editing Problems 99
Authors' Foibles 99
Faulty Research 99
Stubborn Author 100
Venerable Author 101
Problem Prefaces and Introductions 101
Special Cases 103
Lectures to Books 103
Multiple Authorship 103
Transliteration 104
Translations 105
Scholarship 106
Hebrew and Other Scripts 106
Authoritative Sources and Accuracy 107
Final Checking 107
11. Proofs and Index 109
Proofs 110
Index 110
Compiling an Index 113
Editing an Index 114
Finale 115
12. Job Satisfaction 117
Opportunities 117
Rewards 119
Annotated Bibliography 121
Dictionaries 121
Unabridged Editions 122
Abridged Editions 125
Thesauruses 128
Supplementary Volumes 128
Manuals on Grammar and Format 129
Comprehensive Manuals 129
Special Helps from Disciplines 131
Online Style 133
Stylistic Aids on Writing 134
Basics 134
Useful Pointers 137
Reference Works 139
Biographical Names 139
Geographical Information 139
Quotations 140
Miscellaneous 140
Appendix 141
Figure 1. Sample of Computer-Edited Copy 143
Figure 2. Explanation and Illustration of Editing Changes on Hard Copy or Typescript 142
Figure 3. Abbreviations for Notes and Bibliographies 144
Figure 4. Signs for Correcting Proof 145
Index 147
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