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Copyediting & Proofreading for Dummies Paperback – 20 Apr 2007
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From the Back Cover
Turn your knack for language into a lucrative career
Must–know techniques and resources for maximizing your accuracy and speed
Interested in becoming a copyeditor or proofreader? Want to know more about what each job entails? This friendly guide helps you position yourself for success. Polish your skills, build a winning résumé, and land the job you′ve always wanted. Books, magazines, Web sites, corporate documents find out how to improve any type of publication and make yourself indispensable to writers, editors, and your boss.
THE DUMMIES WAY®
Explanations in plain English
"Get in, get out" information
Icons and other navigational aids
Online cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:
Balance between style and rules
Master the art of the query
Use proofreader symbols
Edit and proof electronic documents
Build a solid freelancing career
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About the Author
Suzanne Gilad has proofread or copyedited over 1,200 titles for more than 20 prominent publishing imprints.
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There's the nub of my problem with this book. Two countries separated by a common language and all that. I accept a large portion of the blame for not looking a little more closely when I purchased it, but there we go -- you live and learn. We're not just talking the odd differences in spelling for a few words here and there, which I could live with, but a whole raft of different conventions concerning punctuation, grammar, style and usage. For example, Gilad's proofreading marks differ greatly from samples I've seen of marks used in Britain. I don't want to learn all that only to find out that I have to forget them all and learn another set! Her book and website references are almost exclusively American-oriented and so of limited use to us Old Worlders, too.
Then there's the tone in which this book is written. Perhaps I need to get out more but this is irritatingly upbeat about everything. Problem? Drawback? Disadvantage? Boring bit? No! You're looking at it the wrong way! It's an opportunity! It's fabulous! It's marvellous! It's just what you always wanted! This energy is tiring after a while. Reading this book feels a little like being preached at or indoctrinated into a cult. It feels uncomfortably like a self-help book. (Not that I read them.) Then there were plenty of unfamiliar phrases. What does "nix" mean? "Moxie", anyone? What is a "peanut-gallery commentary"? Is it like a coconut shy at a fairground? Can you begin a sentence with "Most every"? I also liked her suggestion that in Britain we spell 'bank' as "banque". Ye Olde Banque? I particularly liked her advice to "use commas sparingly" -- in a sentence containing unnecessary commas. Not incorrectly placed commas, just unnecessary commas.Read more ›
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.
The book is extremely easy to read - a chatty style which made me laugh out loud quite often. The information is very interesting and informative. HOWEVER, it is written with an American market in mind and whilst some of the advice is universal, the links to websites, the proofreading symbols and recommendations on how to approach companies for work are not going to help if you are based in the UK. The proofreading symbols are different and would have to be re-learnt for UK standards.
All that said, if you are wanting to find out about proofreading and see some examples of what it involves, then it's still a good text. But if you want a head start on learning how to proofread, then find a different book written for a UK audience! I am now halfway through a proofreading/copy editing course and have not used the Dummies book once to help me - but it did wet my apetite for joining the world of editing.
I agree with all the other comments "OK for US but no good for UK" I hope the blurb is changed to reflct this.
There are some good points but overall a disaappointment,but considering the cost I will put this down to experience.
I ave noticed however that the standard of news bulletins now seems to have slipped into mid Atlantic mode so perhaps this book may be useful after all. There are now verbs like "showcase" "hike" !!!! What happened to presented and increase.
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Had to return this item due to its very poor quality. The book itself had a wave to it so it didn't lie flat, and the print inside was faulty, it was like a printer had been used... Read morePublished 11 months ago by EssJay
Didn't realise it would be tailored to Americans, which is very disappointing. Some good tips in here, nonetheless.Published 13 months ago by sophistry
An excellent 'bible' for copy-editors/writers and proofreaders. Very easy to follow.Published 15 months ago by Wendy
Its quiete a helpful book for beginners. But it would be good if they more practical exercises.Published 17 months ago by Nazmin Makda