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The Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn
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Jul 05, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read from July 05 to August 18, 2011

I won't disagree that it's a great reference grammatically, but it is severely outdated when it comes to computer terms. I don't know of many people who use the actual editing symbols anymore (though it was a fun trip down memory lane to see how many I still remembered learning way back when in school). Some parts were very well-written -- not just informative, but fun to read -- while others seemed to drag on and on. Part of that is subject matter (it's hard to make pronouns and clauses exciting), but still...the last half just got hard to read, even for an English major like me. As I said before, the information about using the computer for copyediting ("word processor") was definitely dated. Personally, I also had a little bit of trouble because I had just finished training with a publishing company, and I had to keep their preferences separate from some suggestions Einsohn made. If it were me, I would take bits and pieces from the book to share with others, but not ask anyone to read the entire book.

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