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More essential than a red pencil, this is the one tool you can't go without

Whether you're a manager, an administrative assistant, a student, or a webmaster, at some point on the job you'll also need to become editor, writer, and proofreader. And no matter what you read or write--business reports, term papers, even the simplest e-mail memos--it has to be free of errors before it leaves your hands. With this all-in-one guide at your side, you can be sure that every sentence is written the right way.

For crafting perfect documents, this essential reference shows you how to:

  • Edit and proofread Web pages and PowerPoint presentations
  • Use PDF and Microsoft Word technology to streamline editing
  • Make proofreader's marks
  • Understand proper punctuation
  • Identify and correct commonly misspelled words
  • Keep your style consistent
  • Use formatting and fonts with finesse

The CD-ROM has even more tools to tweak your writing!

* Starter Style Sheet
* 12 Tips for Compelling Writing
* Words Most Often Misspelled
* Complete Editorial Checklist
* Editing PDFs--a Quick Reference
* Checklist for Web Editing
* Proofreading/Editing Test
* Expanded/Professional Style Sheet Template
* and more!

About the Author

K.D. Sullivan is an internationally recognized authority on proofreading. Founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Editorial, a national proofreading and editorial agency, she is also the coauthor of the recently published book The Gremlins of Grammar.

Merilee Eggleston has more than twenty years' experience as an editor, writer, and proofreader. She has edited more than 100 books, written advertising copy and materials for online education, and is the coauthor of The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Spanish for Health Care Professionals.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007147000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071470001
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Diana Mason on January 23, 2008
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This book covers it all. If you are serious about your writing or the writing of others, this book is one-stop shopping. After editing for over twenty years, this book taught me how to not only think like a writer and editor, but to also think like a business person. It covers what references are needed and why, how to edit in an organized manner, and how to maintain consistency and clarity in any document. This book also covers electronic, PDF, and PowerPoint editing. Online references are given for quick assistance while in the process of writing or editing. Also, there's a test included as to focus on what the writer or editor's weaknesses are. This book is amazingly up-to-date and covers most needs for the serious wordsmith.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. T. Smith on April 13, 2009
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with this product. It covers the material it says it will cover, so for that I was pleased at the very least. My expectations were simply a bit higher than what I received. The CD-ROM that is included does provide some forms and other useful items. Overall I would say this is a very basic book for someone who knows probably not much about the world of editing, writing and proofreading. If that is you, then it might be worth the investment. If you are a bit more further along, then this might be too elementary.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric on August 20, 2012
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Rarely have I had cause to write a book review where my hand was forced to give less than a 4 star. This, falls into that category.

The cons began when I slid in the CD-ROM, thinking it was in the mold of "AutoCrit Editing Wizard" a software that actually guides your hand through the manuscript editing phase. Rather, to my chagrin, it was a series of Microsoft Word Docs replicating what was in the actual text.

The book itself is more of a What-editors-do, than a how-to-self-edit book. The actual section that comes close to looking like an edit guide runs from pages 31-86 (Titled: "The 3 C's: What to look for as you work"). This is only 35 pages of a 233 page book. To say every other thing are fillers would be a subjective opinion. But, this is not a book I would recommend.

At this juncture, let me remark that my review is in relation to fiction writing. That said, the books I'd recommend for tweaking and polishing ones draft are:

1) The Gregg Reference Manual

2)Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing by Claire Kehrwald Cook

3)Don't Sabotage Your Submission: Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A. by Chris Roerden

4)Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne & Dave King.

5)Fiction First Aid: Instant Remedies for Novels, Stories and Scripts by Raymond Obstfeld.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.M.Fields on February 23, 2013
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In my opinion, the McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders is the book every writer would probably want and every self-publishing author can't live without. The disk has editable/printable Style Sheets, Editorial Check-Off Lists, PDF Quick Reference, Web Editing, and much more. This has been one of the best investments I have ever made for my reference book collection and for my writing career. If you are serious about becoming a serious writer then I highly recommend this book. LM Fields Author & Artist for the Dark Seeds Series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mohammad T. on March 5, 2015
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Complete waste of money. Please stay away.
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By Charli Mills on January 5, 2015
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If you are looking for practical, easy to find editing guidelines, this reference is a great tool. It helps you understand the layers of edits and the different stages. It has helped me in client work and freelancing. I can't say that I've used the software, but it is handy to have that additional tool.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Pittman on July 10, 2008
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This is an awesome book, and worthy to be purchased by anyone, not just editors or writers. I have the book dog-eared, underlined, and stars placed next to a particular item of interest. There was a gob of new information, and some great hints as well. This is definitely a book to consider for part of your reference library.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anton J Jansen on November 10, 2014
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This book (e-edition) is hardly impressive for multiple reasons. However, before getting there, let me start with the positive. I have multiple editing books, and they're all scattered around, so when time comes for editing, I am in a race finding the right book. This one, though, puts it all neatly together and I don't need running around anymore. The fact that there are so many references to other editing books (for example The Chicago manual of style et al) confuses me: is it a good or a bad thing? Anyway, at the price the content is good enough for any budding editor, and there's no doubt that I'll recommend it.
Now for the two stars. One would expect a company like McGraw-Hill to be up to standard when it comes to their publications and service, but, forget it. I clicked on the link in the book for the CD-content, gave the ISBN and my email, and 2 seconds later I received this email telling me to download the content from x-link, AND if it doesn't work, then I have to follow the instructions on the website. The instructions don't exist. I sent email that kept on coming back to me - undelivered. I did a search, and the title didn't show up. Neither could I find a phone number. What now?
Then, right at the beginning is a question: Want to learn more?...please click here. Where?

What now, again? McGraw-Hill will never sell me a single book again. It's a pity that a fine writer like K.D. Sullivan now sits with a publication that I could have given much more credit than what I did.
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