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The Copyeditor's Handbook

A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, With Exercises and Answer Keys

Amy Einsohn (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 576 pages
ISBN: 9780520271562
August 2011
$34.95, £27.95
The Copyeditor's Handbook is a lively, practical manual for newcomers to publishing and for experienced editors who want to fine-tune their skills or broaden their understanding of the craft. This book may be used for self-instruction or as a textbook in copyediting classes. The exercises are accompanied by answer keys and detailed line-by-line explanations.

The third edition features

• Updates reflecting the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and the most current editions of other major style manuals.

• Additional updates to register technology-driven changes in onscreen editing procedures and typecoding.

• A revised chapter on resources for editors.

• Expanded bibliography and glossary.
Amy Einsohn is a professional editor with thirty years of experience in scholarly, trade nonfiction, and corporate publishing.
“A practical manual for revising professional papers to all who wish to further their knowledge and develop their skills.”—Detroit Legal News
Praise for the first and second editions:

"The Copyeditor's Handbook brims with valuable information, good advice, and helpful suggestions for novice copyeditors and experienced practitioners. It is comforting to know that current and future copyeditors will be able to turn to this handbook. I'm placing this work, which fills a huge gap in the literature, right beside my dictionary, and will highly recommend it to all my colleagues and students." —Alice Levine, Lecturer, The Denver Publishing Institute, and freelance editor

"A definite 'must have' for the beginning to intermediate editor or author, and even the experienced editor. An indispensable reference tool." —Kim Hawley, President, The Chicago Book Clinic

"This is the book that every teacher of editing has been waiting for: thorough, clear, authoritative, up-to-date, and sane." —Beth Luey, Director, Scholarly Publishing Program, Arizona State University

"This book warms the cockles of the copyediting heart. It is thorough, useful, helpful, and smart. And it fills a huge vacuum." —Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax and Wired Style

"An excellent resource. The Copyeditor's Handbook should sit on every business editor's shelf, next to the in-house style guide." —Erika Henik, Research Publications Manager, Banc of America Securities LLC

"The first three chapters alone are worth the cover price. It's a book that acknowledges an assortment of vexing copyediting questions and offers multiple answers to most of them."—Gary Hernandez, Technical Communication

"An excellent textbook to teach the essentials of copyediting. An excellent reference work for workplace writing."—Mark Armstrong, Business Communication Quarterly

"Straightforward, sound advice for beginning or intermediate copyeditors working with pencil or online."—Priscilla S. Taylor, The Editorial Eye

"Lays out the copyeditor's obligations with humor, style, and perspective."—Walter Pagel, Science Editor

Are Editors Born or Made? By Amy Einsohn


Copyediting Challenge
This set of questions will test your skill and help you decide if you need this book.


Sample Exercises
Exercises to practice your electronic editing skills.


Selected Bibliography: Websites
List appears on pages 529 - 530 of The Copyeditor's Handbook. Download it here with active links.


Errata List


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