The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (Or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself)
DescriptionLongtime manuscript editor and Chicago Manual of Style guru Carol Fisher Saller has negotiated many a standoff between a writer and editor refusing to compromise on the "rights" and "wrongs" of prose styling. Saller realized that when these sides squared off, it was often the reader who lost. In her search for practical strategies for keeping the peace, The Subversive Copy Editor was born. Saller's ideas struck a chord, and the little book with big advice quickly became a must-have reference for copy editors everywhere.
In this second edition, Saller adds new chapters, on the dangers of allegiance to outdated grammar and style rules and on ways to stay current in language and technology. She expands her advice for writers on formatting manuscripts for publication, on self-editing, and on how not to be "difficult." Saller's own gaffes provide firsthand (and sometimes humorous) examples of exactly what not to do. The revised content reflects today's publishing practices while retaining the self-deprecating tone and sharp humor that helped make the first edition so popular. Saller maintains that through carefulness, transparency, and flexibility, editors can build trust and cooperation with writers.
The Subversive Copy Editor brings a refreshingly levelheaded approach to the classic battle between writers and editors. This sage advice will prove useful and entertaining to anyone charged with the sometimes perilous task of improving the writing of others.
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About the AuthorCarol Fisher Saller is editor of the Chicago Manual of Style Online's Q&A and writes the Editor's Corner for the Chicago Manual of Style's Shop Talk blog. She occasionally writes about language and writing in academe for Lingua Franca at the Chronicle of Higher Education and is the author of several books for children, most recently the young adult novel Eddie's War.
"May be the best copy editor's companion since the CMS, the AP Style Guide and that dog-eared xerox of copy editing marks you keep tacked up on the cubicle wall. . . . This is an ideal complement to any style guide: practical, relentlessly supportive and full of ed-head laughs."--Praise for the previous edition "Publishers Weekly "
"One of the great virtues of this book (which has been very well copy-edited) is the many helpful examples of exchanges and situations Saller uses to illustrate her points. Many are real--and some, incidentally, very funny."--Praise for the previous edition "Times Literary Supplement "
"The best book on editing I've ever read."--Jonathon Owen "Arrant Pedantry "
"Saller is the mentor that every copyeditor dreams of: wise, smart, shrewd, gracious, generous, and self-deprecating."--Praise for the previous edition "Amy Einsohn, author of The Copyeditor's Handbook "
"If you admired--even loved--the first Subversive Copy Editor, you will perforce admire and love the second edition."--John McIntyre "Baltimore Sun "
"With the book, (Saller) hopes to give copy editors 'self-assurance and a measure of grace' in negotiating words with the writers we are 'charged with saving from themselves.' It's an invaluable work for aspiring copy editors, and a useful one for those more established. Writers--who all edit their own work, to a degree--will also find it illuminating. The Subversive Copy Editor is a wise, witty, and thoroughly helpful companion to the work of editing."--Stan Carey "Sentence First "
"Contains a multitude of pointers for anyone who deals with the written word. The triumvirate of carefulness, transparence, and flexibility is good advice for writers and editors of any level."--Praise for the audiobook version "AudioFile "