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The Editor's Companion

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As the knowledge economy takes shape, editors face many challenges. Technology is transforming publishing, text is losing out to graphics, and writing is distorted by cliche, hype and spin. More than ever, editors are needed to add value to information and to rescue readers from boredom and confusion. The Editor's Companion explains the traditional skills of editing for pu ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published June 27th 2011 by Cambridge University Press (first published November 8th 2004)
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Mathew Walls
There is some valuable information in this book, but it's mixed in with a lot of stuff that seems dubious or wildly speculative, and it's written in a fairly irritating manner. The author's outrageous claims about the many virtues of editors comes across as bizarre and (given that she is an editor herself) narcissistic. The language use and tone also seem very arrogant and condescending, as though she believes that she knows everything and her readers know nothing. And she continually writes "pi ...more
Nicki Markus
As someone studying editing and considering it as a career option, I found this book to be highly useful.

This companion assumes that the reader is already working in/studying editing and has general knowledge of how to edit/proofread. What this book offers is insight into what might be expected from different editing jobs. It gives an overview of how different aspects of a publication might be approached and it offers advice on freelancing, including ideas on how to price etc.

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This book, despite a few issues pointed out by my editing teacher, is a very handy tool to have by your desk while editing. Mackenzie has a good sense of humour, and is quite visual with her analogies.
An excellent reference source for editors and proofreaders, or those aspiring to it (like myself).

I found it very informative on a large range of subjects.
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