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

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“A practical manual for revising professional papers to all who wish to further their knowledge and develop their skills.”
(Detroit Legal News 2011-09-21)

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"The Copyeditor's Handbook brims with valuable information, good advice, and helpful suggestions for novice copyeditors and experienced practitioners. It is comforting to know that current and future copyeditors will be able to turn to this handbook. I'm placing this work, which fills a huge gap in the literature, right beside my dictionary, and will highly recommend it to all my colleagues and students." —Alice Levine, Lecturer, The Denver Publishing Institute, and freelance editor

"A definite 'must have' for the beginning to intermediate editor or author, and even the experienced editor. An indispensable reference tool." —Kim Hawley, President, The Chicago Book Clinic

"This is the book that every teacher of editing has been waiting for: thorough, clear, authoritative, up-to-date, and sane." —Beth Luey, Director, Scholarly Publishing Program, Arizona State University

"This book warms the cockles of the copyediting heart. It is thorough, useful, helpful, and smart. And it fills a huge vacuum." —Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax and Wired Style

"An excellent resource. The Copyeditor's Handbook should sit on every business editor's shelf, next to the in-house style guide." —Erika Henik, Research Publications Manager, Banc of America Securities LLC

"The first three chapters alone are worth the cover price. It's a book that acknowledges an assortment of vexing copyediting questions and offers multiple answers to most of them."—Gary Hernandez, Technical Communication

"An excellent textbook to teach the essentials of copyediting. An excellent reference work for workplace writing."—Mark Armstrong, Business Communication Quarterly

"Straightforward, sound advice for beginning or intermediate copyeditors working with pencil or online."—Priscilla S. Taylor, The Editorial Eye

"Lays out the copyeditor's obligations with humor, style, and perspective."—Walter Pagel, Science Editor

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Third Edition, With Exercises and Answer Keys edition (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520271564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520271562
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Singh on August 17, 2011
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While teaching UC Berkeley's courses in "The Professional Sequence in Editing," I regularly assigned selected exercises in this book's earlier editions as preparation for more complex exercises in class. The students' evaluations of the book were always favorable.

This edition presents a fast-track introduction to the many changes in the Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition, 2010. I particularly appreciate the handbook's references to the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage. (See my review of this great usage dictionary on amazon.) Ever since its publication in 1989, I have regularly enjoyed reading MWDEU's scholarly entries. These 2300 entries, often witty, drawn mainly from literary sources are a refreshing contrast to Garner's stridently prescriptive injunctions in the Chicago Manual, drawn mainly from journalistic sources.

The inclusion of complete keys to the handbook's exercises make it an excellent workbook for self-teaching or reviewing the basics of professional copyediting.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Brian Griffith on October 27, 2011
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I read Einsohn once or twice a year. She covers so much, so well, that it's always a helpful refresher. In discussing editorial issues she goes beyond issuing decrees. She compares approaches from different style guides, and quotes contending arguments for a larger problem-solving view. In fact, I have to suspect that her intelligent middle path between dogmatic legalism and unprincipled permissiveness is indeed the key to world peace.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Debra L. Butterfield on February 13, 2012
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"In service of the 'Cardinal C': communication" author Amy Einsohn hits a home run. The book is easy to read, full of examples, and offers the critical guidance any copy editor needs. As a freelance writer/editor, I highly recommend this book to anyone who edits the work of other writers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zola Matingu on September 21, 2013
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I wish that the author would have put more concrete examples of each concepts she explains. Even several of my classmates agree that she does a good job of explaining a concept, but she doesn't have enough examples to show the concrete application of the concept she just described. That's what should help the reader to understand how to applly the rules of copy editing.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By expressedit1 on February 8, 2012
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The Copyeditor's Handbook was very helpful to me in determining just what is expected of a copyeditor, especially in the book publishing industry. The typeface and book layout make it easy to read. Numerous examples of sentence revisions are helpful in grasping the "rules." I look forward to working on the exercises in the back of the book. I'm sure I'll have the book frequently on hand as I work my way toward total confidence as a copyeditor!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue on August 23, 2014
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I'm only 100 pages in, and I've already learned a great deal. I LOVE THIS BOOK! It's engaging, it gives examples, comparisons and quizzes, solid information, and recommendations for further study. So far it's teaching me how to more critically read, catch things I wouldn't normally notice or think twice about, and be more aware of continuity in my own writing. I never thought a non-fiction guide to writing would be a gripping summer read, but it IS. Worth every penny. As I progress as a writer, I'll likely keep this book handy, and reach for it often.

If you're a writer, a student of writing, a writer wanna-be, a proofreader, editor, someone in the publishing industry, someone who wants to be in the publishing industry, a blogger, closet novelist or someone who types up the occasional office memo, you should READ THIS BOOK. It will be a great companion to some of the style/reference guides it frequently cites. Two enthusiastic thumbs up! Thanks for reading. S
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J.B. Lyle on December 11, 2012
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Full of useful information, a valuable resource which I have used especially for guidance on the distinction between light, medium and heavy copyediting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elise on October 15, 2013
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I had to buy this book for an editing class at BYU. It's very well written and even humorous at times. (Look at the bottom of page 339!) It's easy to understand and helped make a lot of copyediting issues clear to me. Besides The Chicago Manual of Style, it's my biggest editing resource. Not only that, it's a lot cheaper on Amazon that at other places.
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