The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice From Chicago (Or, How To Negotiate Good Relationships With Your Writers, Your Colleagues, And Yourself)
  • The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice From Chicago (Or, How To Negotiate Good Relationships With Your Writers, Your Colleagues, And Yourself)
  • The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice From Chicago (Or, How To Negotiate Good Relationships With Your Writers, Your Colleagues, And Yourself)
ISBN: 022624007X
EAN13: 9780226240077
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 18, 2016
Pages: 200
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 9.1" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
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Each year writers and editors submit over three thousand grammar and style questions to the Q&A page at The Chicago Manual of Style Online. Some are arcane, some simply hilarious and one editor, Carol Fisher Saller, reads every single one of them. All too often she notes a classic author-editor standoff, wherein both parties refuse to compromise on the rights and wrongs of prose styling: This author is giving me a fit. I wish that I could just DEMAND the use of the serial comma at all times. My author wants his preface to come at the end of the book. This just seems ridiculous to me. I mean, it s not a post-face.

In The Subversive Copy Editor, Saller casts aside this adversarial view and suggests new strategies for keeping the peace. Emphasizing habits of carefulness, transparency, and flexibility, she shows copy editors how to build an environment of trust and cooperation. One chapter takes on the difficult author; another speaks to writers themselves. Throughout, the focus is on serving the reader, even if it means breaking rules along the way. Saller s own foibles and misadventures provide ample material: I mess up all the time, she confesses. It s how I know things.

Writers, Saller acknowledges, are only half the challenge, as copy editors can also make trouble for themselves. (Does any Read More chevron_right

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   Advice on soft skills and other areas to help become a good copy editor
The good copy editor looks at the soft skills needed to navigate business relationships and other important areas of importance to become a subversive copy editor organization, attention to detail and knowledge of the tools used in editing.
 
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   A must-read for anyone even considering becoming a copy editor
I have had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Fisher Saller in person, and I am happy to report that she is as delightful in print as she is in person. This book is a must for every author's stash of reference books of professional reassurance. By listing mistakes we have all made or are semingly fated to make, she gives just the right level of being there, done this, can never learn this guidance again to help you stay calm, carry on and maybe even learn a macro or two. Buy it now! It is read here.
 
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   Freelancer challenges
For any freelance editorproofreader, essential reading is necessary. The technical issues are described with humor and compassion... We have fun, right? I loved the reminder that we should have a balanced life to be the best we can be.
 
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   Excellent writing tips that are not just for copyeditors
The book was written by a long-time copyeditor at the University of Chicago Press. It is ostensibly aimed at copyeditors or would be copyeditors. There is advice about breaking into copyediting, but most of the book can be read by anyone interested in writing with profit. Any writer who interacts with copyeditors can profit from learning more about how copyeditors approach a manuscript and what their expectations are of writers. I found quite a few useful tips ''. Her most important message is that grammar and usage evolve over time and that too many people believe that what they learned in college is sacred writ. It isn 't. The book is a quick read and has earned a place on my writing books shelf.
 
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   Fun and Informative for Editors and Want-to-be Editors
How did she know about Fig? 3 and the 386 manual changes I had to make by hand in the 800-sided book I edited? When I read it, I laughed out loud. This book covers almost everything you could know about being an editor, or would like to know about being an editor. It is strategic and entertaining, a good practical read with lots of fun advice for experienced and new editors alike.
 
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   Wait to read this until after you have at least one copyediting gig
Only because you are guaranteed to have seen at least one of the author or editor foibles Ms. Fisher Saller first and prescribes a thoughtful, practical and funny treatment. I bought and read both the first and second editions of this book, and actually reread them. And if there is ever a third edition, I buy and read that one too, because I pick up new information, techniques, morale boosters and swats across the nose for my editorial misadventure with every reading.
 
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   My teacher for my Editing and Publishing class recommended this as additional reading and I absolutely love it
I highly recommend it to any writer, copy editor and publisher. Really, I recommend it to anyone who works in the publishing process.
 
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   A REAL Perspective
Ms Seller, thank you. As a freelance editor, I especially like reading material written from obvious experience. Your book will stay on my reference book shelves.
 
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   Excellent
This is an excellent look at the life of a copy editor. It is no perfect job by any means, and Saller's stories make this book an insightful and valuable read, along with her common sense and good advice. I also picked up some valuable nuggets of advice, especially her explanations about where to negotiate with authors on making changes that you feel are correct, but may not like. She includes a wonderful chapter for writers and also a chapter for freelancers. I think that anyone involved in publishing can benefit from reading this book and applying Saller's advice.
 
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