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4.0 out of 5 stars Even Dated..., December 8, 2006
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This review is from: Copy Editing for Professionals (Spiral-bound)
This is an excellent, though dated, guide to copy editing with a focus on Associated Press style.

At college, I fell into a position editing the A&E section of a local paper. My managing editor told me to get a copy of the AP Stylebook and to figure it out on my own. I thought I did well at the time, but I know better now.

I was floating in the months after graduation as a teaching assistant when I read "Lapsing into a Comma" by Bill Walsh. The book hooked me on the idea of copy editing, but I had no idea how to start.

This book provided a cohesive look at the profession. The more I read, the more excited I became for the future. I'm not quite ready (making sure my quiz answers are right without a teacher or answer guide is time consuming) but I am already a much more confident writer.

My only gripes:

-The book is a textbook, so the answers aren't always in the back. A way to find the answers without searching the AP stylebook would have been nice.

-The book is dated. A new edition addressing the internet would be nice.

With either gripe removed, I'd would give this book five stars.
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