Monday, June 04, 2007

weekly writing coach: copyeditor's guide

By now, you know we think of editing as a vital part of your writing process--and one that few writers practice. Here's a guide, ostensibly for the copyeditor, that any writer can use to brush up her skills: The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, which includes several exercises in which you edit text to practice. But before that, the book walks the reader through a useful, and unusual, exercise: You read a selection that needs copyediting, then the author walks you through the steps, judgment calls and considerations that the copyeditor must make, including her rationale for each decision. It's a mix of hands-on practice and exercises in developing sound judgment skills -- something many of our clients are seeking in writers and editors. For writers, it's another way to develop your writing process; for editors, a true step-by-step guide.

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

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