The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) Kindle Edition
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Reviewed by C.J.Singh
While teaching courses in editing at UC Berkeley extension, I always assigned The Chicago Manual of Style and Richard Lanham's Revising Prose (5th Edition) for the introductory course. For the advanced course, we studied Joseph Williams's Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (ninth edition) . As noted in my detailed reviews of the two latter books, most students found them excellent. I'm sure they'd be just as enthusiastic about "The Subversive Editor" by Carol Fisher Saller. In fact, I'd place this book near the top of the reading list for anyone interested in learning how to edit. Saller, a senior mansucript editor at the University of Chicago Press, also edits "The Chicago Manual of Style Online's Q&A" (Question&Answer). Written with charming wit, her brief book presents numerous tips. For several samples from the book, please read on.
Introducing her book, Saller writes: "Although people outside the Press address us `Dear style goddesses' and assume we are experts on everything in the `Manual,' most of the time I feel more like the pathetic little person behind the curtain in `The Wizard of Oz.' It's only because I'm surrounded and protected by knowledgeable and generous coworkers that I can assemble the authoritative front that appears in the Q&A" (p. xi).Read more ›
My beef is that this particular Kindle edition needs a copy edit. There were lots of errors such as words and sentences running together.
Word of caution: the Kindle version has some glitchiness with word spacing (oh the irony), so if that really bothers you, get the print version.
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Delightful reading. Has a humorous way of dealing with our stupidities.Published 9 days ago by Ellie
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This book talked me down off the ledge. I have worked for years in an environment where perfection is an event and your primary professional goal is to be more perfect than the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tmd
Anyone who writes for a living or who loves to write... a must read. Insightful and very helpful about this not-often-discussed profession.Published 9 months ago by Michael John
One of the best books out on the art of editing and working with writers.Published 14 months ago by Neil Fein
A must-have companion if you do copy editing and if you're an author.Published 17 months ago by Elizabeth J.
This is a good, helpful book, but the print is small. For those of us who spend our lives editing copy, larger print is easier on the eyes. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I couldn't appreciate this book more if I tried. As a professional editor, this book has helped me a lot in how I approach my work. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jessica M
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