- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; 3rd edition (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520271564
- ISBN-13: 978-0520271562
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
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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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Reading this book twice or more is a good idea.
** Right after I wrote this I did a search for Einsohn and learned that she died in February of 2014, at age 61. She will be one of the rare few who writes a technical book about a trade yet be remembered with warmth only for that. Reading it is like having coffee with the smartest friend you have and listening while she gives you invaluable advice. I hope the book will continue to be updated and revised by someone able to maintain Ms. Einsohn's high level. **
Einsohn has pored through many books about writing and editing order to put today's editorial questions into context, and her brief discussions of our evolving language are quite interesting. Sometimes, we find that something we have been taught is a no-no (like ending sentences with prepositions) has actually been done successfully for many years.
There are helpful exercises throughout so readers can test themselves on the concepts being presented, a glossary of grammar terms and one of copyediting terms, careful explanations about typecoding for people who still edit on paper, and discussions of some of the finer relational questions about copyediting. (For example, when does a copyeditor cross the line from helpful changes to unwarranted interventions?) No editor should be without this guide.
Reviewed by C. J. Singh (Berkeley, CA)
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.