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)
ISBN: 0226734250
EAN13: 9780226734255
Language: English
Pages: 148
Dimensions: 0.38" H x 8" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.49 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 other book have an index entry that says terrorists. See copy editors?) The Read More chevron_right

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