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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2011
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Reviewed by C. J. Singh (Berkeley, CA)
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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
on October 27, 2011
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
"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
on September 21, 2013
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
on February 8, 2012
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
on August 23, 2014
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 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2012
If you write, no matter what genre or if it's fiction or non, this book comes in real, real handy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2013
This is an outstanding book as both a reference tool and a learning device. If you add to the fact that it also is a great way to stay fresh, the book has three elements that makes it great.

I highly recommend it for people new to the field as well as to grizzled veterans.
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