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Unsuitable for the UK market,
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This review is from: Copyediting and Proofreading For Dummies (Kindle Edition)
This book appears to be well-written and tries to get across the various pitfalls that copy-editors and proofreaders will inevitably encounter, the big problem with it is that it's aimed entirely at an American market. As soon as I opened it I could tell that the proofreading symbols employed throughout the book tally with British Standard 1219, which have subsequently been replaced by BS 5261C:2005 in this country and are consequently no longer in use, not to mention the differences in spelling, punctuation and other style conventions that distinguish between American and British English. If you want to find out more about becoming a proofreader and copy-editor, I can recommend The Pocket Book of Proofreading by William Critchley and Trevor Horwood's Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing: A Guide, which I have found very useful.
As George Bernard Shaw remarked, 'England and America are two countries separated by a common language.' How very true. I have now returned it to Amazon.
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Initial post: 25 May 2012 17:06:14 BDT
Many thanks for the suggestions. Although Gilad's book helped introduce me to the world of editing at large (and American editing in particular), I also needed something geared specifically towards the British market as I would like to be able to take on projects from both sides of the Atlantic.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 17:33:38 BDT
Petra Bryce says:
You're welcome, I hope you find them useful.
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