The Fine Art of Copyediting

second edition

Elsie Myers Stainton

Columbia University Press

The Fine Art of Copyediting

Pub Date: January 2002

ISBN: 9780231124799

160 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $26.95£22.00

Pub Date: January 2002

ISBN: 9780231124782

160 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $85.00£70.00

Pub Date: January 2002

ISBN: 9780231502702

160 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $25.99£22.00

The Fine Art of Copyediting

second edition

Elsie Myers Stainton

Columbia University Press

Many stylebooks and manuals explain writing, but before the release ten years ago of Elsie Myers Stainton's The Fine Art of Copyediting, few addressed the practices and problems of editing. This handbook has guided users through the editing process for books and journals, with tips on how to be diplomatic when recommending changes, how to edit notes and bibliographies, how to check proofs, and how to negotiate the ethical, intellectual, and emotional problems characteristic of the editorial profession. Now featuring solid advice on computer editing and a new chapter on style, as well as more information on references, bibliographies, indexing, and bias-free writing, The Fine Art of Copyediting, Second Edition offers the same wealth of information that prompted William Safire to commend the first edition in The New York Times Magazine.

Complete with helpful checklists for the manuscript, proof, and index stages of book production, as well as an excellent bibliography of reference works useful to the copyeditor, The Fine Art of Copyediting, Second Edition is an indispensable desk reference for writers and editors confronting a host of questions each day. Why use the word "people" instead of "persons?" What precautions are necessary for publishers to avoid libel suits? How can an editor win an author's trust? What type fonts facilitate the copyediting process? How does computer editing work? For experienced and novice copyeditors, writers and students, this is the source for detailed, step-by-step guidance to the entire editorial process.
This second edition documents the updates that have occurred in publishing procedures and editing techniques... the information that Stainton provides can be useful to any editor as well as to any writer. Technical Communication
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
1. Basics
The Copyeditor's Job; The Copyeditor's Stance; Kinds of Editors; The Value of Copyediting
2. Legal and Contractual Aspects of Publishing
Mutual Dependency; Libel; Indiscretion (Bias); Copyright and Permissions
Design: Illustrations; Jackets
Other Contractual Specifics: Titles; Proofs and AAs; Index
3. Types of Editing
Books:Trade Books, Scholarly Books, Textbooks, Scientific and Professional Books
Reference Volumes: Dictionaries of the English Language; Other Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Miscellaneous
Journals
4. The Editor's Dilemma
Personal Relations: Praise; Differences of Opinion
Difficult Manuscripts: Editor's Ploys; The Confident Bad Writer
The Role of Appreciation
5. Editorial Procedures
Basics: Choices; Generic Coding
Preliminaries: Chapter Titles and Headings; Illustrative Material; Notes and Bibliography or References; Front Matter
Copyediting: Errors, Ambiguities, Inconsistencies; Style of Writing
Style Sheet: Capital Letters; Italics; Hyphens
Special Problems: Corrections
Finishing Up: Running Heads; Spine Copy; Review
Editor to Author
6. Computer Technology
The Publishing House; Computer Aids; Editor on Computer; Author on Computer; Computer Language; Results
7. A Concise Manual of Writing Style for Copyeditors
General Guidelines; Rhetoric; Readership; Ambiguity; Repetition; Pretentiousness
Details: Spelling; Capitalization; Italics; Compound Words and Hyphens; British Spelling and Punctuation
Grammar and Usage: Parts of Speech; Mistakes in Grammar; That and Which; Punctuation; Abbreviations; Cross-References
Tables
Bias-Free Writing
8. The Fine Art
Sentences
Punctuation
Figures of Speech: New Uses for Old Words; Metaphors
New Words
Changing Usage
9. Notes, References, and Bibliographies
Numbered Notes: Content and Placement; Shortening
Parenthetical References
Bibliographies (and Notes)
References (and Parenthetical Citations)
Page and Volume Numbers
Alphabetization
Summary on Documentation
Basic Serviceable Forms of Notation and Reference: Numbered Notes and Bibliography; Parenthetical Notes and References
10. Special Editing Problems
Authors' Foibles: Faulty Research; Stubborn Author; Venerable Author; Problem Prefaces and Introductions
Special Cases: Lectures to Books; Multiple Authorship; Transliteration; Translations
Scholarship: Hebrew and Other Scripts; Authoritative Sources and Accuracy; Final Checking
11. Proofs and Index
12. Job Satisfaction
Annotated Bibliography
Dictionaries
Manuals on Grammar and Format
Stylistic Aids on Writing
Reference Works
Appendix
Figure 1. Sample of Computer-Edited Copy
Figure 2. Explanation and Illustration of Editing Changes on Hard Copy or Typescript
Figure 3. Abbreviations for Notes and Bibliographies
Figure 4. Signs for Correcting Proof

About the Author

Elsie Myers Stainton, former managing editor of Cornell University Press, is the author of Author and Editor at Work: Making a Better Book, and numerous articles on writing and editing.