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Copy-Editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors and Publishers Hardcover – 13 Aug 1992

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  • Hardcover: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (13 Aug. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521400740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521400749
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Nearly fifty years of handling material for printing and publication do not provide me with a memory of anything Judith Butcher has left out...All that one has known, and much that is new, is here." The Times Literary Supplement

"...a useful and authoritative source of information for United States publishing professionals...for professional editors, authors, publishers, and larger libraries,The Cambridge Handbook will be an important supplementary reference to have on hand." G. Kim Dority American Reference Books Annual

....provides clear, useful information...earns high marks for the simplicity of its approach and the clarity and practicality of its suggestions." Laurence Urdang, Verbatim

"...a terrific supplement, especially for its treatment of special subjects, such as music, medicine, and computers, and for its glossary of 350 copy-editing terms." Copy Editor

"Any who prepare publications could find it helpful. I highly recommend it." Genevieve M. Hibbs, Notes on Linguistics


Since first published in 1975, Judith Butcher's Copy-Editing has become firmly established as a classic reference guide. This new edition has been revised and redesigned to provide an up-to-date and clearly presented source of information for editors and for all those involved in the process of preparing typescripts and illustrations for printing and publication. The copyeditor is shown as an essential link between the authors and those who work on the actual production of the publication. The copyeditor ensures that the material is well organized, consistent and properly presented and helps remove any features that might cause unnecessary difficulty, expense or delay. From the basics of how to mark a typescript for the designer and the typesetter, through the ground rules of house style and consistency, to how to read and correct proofs, Copy-Editing covers all aspects of the editorial processes involved in converting author's typescript to printed page.

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