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The Fine Art of Copyediting / Edition 2

The Fine Art of Copyediting / Edition 2

by Elsie Myers Stainton
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ISBN-13: 9780231124799
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 01/23/2002
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,110,951
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
1. Basics
The Copyeditor's Job; The Copyeditor's Stance; Kinds of Editors; The Value of Copyediting
2. Legal and Contractual Aspects of Publishing
Mutual Dependency; Libel; Indiscretion (Bias); Copyright and Permissions
Design: Illustrations; Jackets
Other Contractual Specifics: Titles; Proofs and AAs; Index
3. Types of Editing
Books:Trade Books, Scholarly Books, Textbooks, Scientific and Professional Books
Reference Volumes: Dictionaries of the English Language; Other Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
4. The Editor's Dilemma
Personal Relations: Praise; Differences of Opinion
Difficult Manuscripts: Editor's Ploys; The Confident Bad Writer
The Role of Appreciation
5. Editorial Procedures
Basics: Choices; Generic Coding
Preliminaries: Chapter Titles and Headings; Illustrative Material; Notes and Bibliography or References; Front Matter
Copyediting: Errors, Ambiguities, Inconsistencies; Style of Writing
Style Sheet: Capital Letters; Italics; Hyphens
Special Problems: Corrections
Finishing Up: Running Heads; Spine Copy; Review
Editor to Author
6. Computer Technology
The Publishing House; Computer Aids; Editor on Computer; Author on Computer; Computer Language; Results
7. A Concise Manual of Writing Style for Copyeditors
General Guidelines; Rhetoric; Readership; Ambiguity; Repetition; Pretentiousness
Details: Spelling; Capitalization; Italics; Compound Words and Hyphens; British Spelling and Punctuation
Grammar and Usage: Parts of Speech; Mistakes in Grammar; That and Which; Punctuation; Abbreviations; Cross-References
Bias-Free Writing
8. The Fine Art
Figures of Speech: New Uses for Old Words; Metaphors
New Words
Changing Usage
9. Notes, References, and Bibliographies
Numbered Notes: Content and Placement; Shortening
Parenthetical References
Bibliographies (and Notes)
References (and Parenthetical Citations)
Page and Volume Numbers
Summary on Documentation
Basic Serviceable Forms of Notation and Reference: Numbered Notes and Bibliography; Parenthetical Notes and References
10. Special Editing Problems
Authors' Foibles: Faulty Research; Stubborn Author; Venerable Author; Problem Prefaces and Introductions
Special Cases: Lectures to Books; Multiple Authorship; Transliteration; Translations
Scholarship: Hebrew and Other Scripts; Authoritative Sources and Accuracy; Final Checking
11. Proofs and Index
12. Job Satisfaction
Annotated Bibliography
Manuals on Grammar and Format
Stylistic Aids on Writing
Reference Works
Figure 1. Sample of Computer-Edited Copy
Figure 2. Explanation and Illustration of Editing Changes on Hard Copy or Typescript
Figure 3. Abbreviations for Notes and Bibliographies
Figure 4. Signs for Correcting Proof

What People are Saying About This

Jenya Weinreb

The copyeditor's aim—to help authors express themselves clearly and gracefully—is sometimes obscured by a tangle of commas and small caps. The second edition of The Fine Art of Copyediting puts the copyeditor's job in perspective, reminding the experienced editor as well as the novice that editors and authors share the goal of clarity.

Kim Lewis

The Fine Art of Copyediting has been updated intelligently to include the computer age of copyediting while remaining well informed in relaying the basics of the job and process in a friendly way that appeals to beginning as well as experienced editors. I found this concise handbook to be a good and helpful resource.

Nancy Inglis

A little gem of a book—pithy, wise, and reassuring. It's every copyeditor's dream, for not a word is wasted, yet nothing important is left out. It has something to say to all members of its logical audience—neophytes to the publishing world, writers, freelancers, even old hands like me. (My particular favorite is the chapter on special editing problems!) It's going on my shelf right next to the other books I consult every day.

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