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The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller
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Jun 18, 2010

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As Mamet's book on acting is to ... actors, The Subversive Copy Editor might be a necessary evil/read for copy editors. There were enough points I deemed relatable and helpful that I would recommend it to other copy editors (the freelance section was worth reading it all). Her experiences are second to none and I most enjoyed her examples of what horrors her friends have gone through with writers and fellow editors.

Beware that at times her humor is inconsistent and you won't always feel a huge connection with the author/her narration. However, copy editors unite! Read this book. It'll do you good and does make helpful points at times. And it makes you feel like you're not the only copy editor dealing with these often absurd problems. But don't expect to walk away with a bunch of excerpts to ponder over later.
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