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Editing for Writers 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0137490860
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Based on interviews with actual workplace writers and editors, this unique text/workbook teaches editing approaches and skills that writers can apply to their own or others' documents. Outlines a process to identify and solve problems and helps readers develop the ability to explain their editing decisions. Features 136 different kinds of exercises. Contains special chapters on editing on-line documentation, graphics, document design, and on international and intercultural issues, as well as 16 different checklists that can be applied to developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. For anyone interested in editing or copyediting; professional, technical, science, business, or nursing writing; or nonfiction writing.

About the Author

Lois Johnson is a food writer and cook in the Detroit area and has shopped at the Eastern Market for 37 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (July 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137490860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137490868
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the text for an editing course I am taking. There is a lot of solid information in this book, and the exercises will push you to apply what you've learned. But the way it is presented and organized is driving me nuts. You can't tell where exercises end and text begins, and it's difficult to relate the various sections because of poor page layout. There are also inconsistencies in terminology and use of editing marks and just general sloppiness. Seems to have been written by someone who knows their stuff, but fired this book off on their home PC over a couple of weekends without much thought to organization and layout, then printed the pages on a photocopier. Oh, and didn't bother to edit it very carefully.
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I work as a writing tutor, and this book has been invaluable to me. While some of the information regarding graphics editing are out of date, the chapters on things such as grammar, punctuation, organization, and editor-author relationships are thorough and easy to understand; however, I do wish the pages were not perforated as this amplifies the effects of normal wear and tear. All in all, I highly recommend this book.
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After reading the entire book, I'd say the most useful feature are the checklists found at the back of each chapter.

They often listed things I would forget, and that, right there, is more valuable than anything.
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