The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communication

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What Copyeditors Do

Copyeditors always serve the needs of three constituencies:

the author (s)—the person (or people) who wrote or compiled the manuscript

the publisher—the person or company that is paying the cost of producing the printed material

the readers—the people for whom the material is being produced

All these parties share one basic desire: an error-free publication. To that end, the copyeditor acts as the author's second pair of eyes, pointing out—and usually correcting—mechanical errors and inconsistencies; errors or infelicities of grammar, usage, and syntax; and errors or inconsistencies in content. If you like alliterative mnemonic devices, you can conceive of a copyeditor's chief concerns as comprising the “4 Cs”—clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness—in service of the “Cardinal C”: communication.

Certain projects require the copyeditor to serve as more than a second set of eyes. Heavier intervention may be needed, for example, when the author does not have native or near-native fluency in English, when the author is a professional or a technical expert writing for a lay audience, or when the author has not been careful in preparing the manuscript.

Sometimes, too, copyeditors find themselves juggling the conflicting needs and desires of their constituencies. For example, the author may feel that the manuscript requires no more than a quick read-through to correct a handful of typographical errors, while the publisher, believing that a firmer

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The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communication
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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Part 1 - The Abcs of Copyediting 1
  • 1 - What Copyeditors Do 3
  • 2 - Basic Procedures 29
  • 3 - Reference Books and Resources 57
  • Part 2 - Editorial Style 69
  • 4 - Punctuation 71
  • 5 - Spelling and Hyphenation 121
  • 6 - Capitalization 151
  • 7 - Numbers and Numerals 171
  • 8 - Quotations 196
  • 9 - Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols 216
  • 10 - Tables, Graphs, and Art 242
  • 11 - References 274
  • 12 - Front and Back Matter 297
  • 13 - Typecoding 309
  • Part 3 - Language Editing 333
  • 14 - Grammar: Principles and Pitfalls 335
  • 15 - Beyond Grammar 377
  • Checklist of Editorial Preferences 421
  • Glossary of Copyediting Terms 431
  • Glossary of Grammar Terms 447
  • Answer Keys 457
  • Selected Bibliography 527
  • Index 531
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