- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: ActionPrint Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (Jun. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0952397471
- ISBN-13: 978-0952397472
- Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 0.7 x 29.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing: A Guide Paperback – 1 Jun 1995
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Entry-level Sourcebook for Newcomers to the Field
This entry-level sourcebook is aimed at those without experience in either the freelance field or the publishing industry. It contains an overview of the publishing process and the freelance's role within it; basic proofreading and copy-editing techniques; where and how to find work and training; and a series of instructional exercises which are both evaluative and educational. Purchasers are also granted access to information updates at the author's Website.
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This book is clearly at least 20 years out of date. For example, it includes gems such as:
"You will also need a telephone so that publishers can contact you... and a typewriter..." (page 11)
"Cold calling can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are unused to using a telephone" (page 30)
The book is also littered with irrelevant fluff. For example:
In order to undertake your work "You will need somewhere to sit and a light source" (page 11). Well, I would never have guessed that!
This guide also gives advice that is of little practical help. For example:
"Point out to the publisher anything that could conceivably land them in court..." And that is it. No guidance as to the basics of copyright infringement. No indication of what might be construed as liable. Nothing. In effect, the statement made is of little use whatsoever to an aspiring proofreader or copy-editor.
The book includes a number of exercises which are of limited use to the reader. Little explanation is given in explaining some answers and, unless you already know the point of grammar in question, then the explanation is pointless. For example:
One of the answers includes this explanation as to the incorrect use of a apostrophe - "Needs no apostraphe" - well that is helpful, isn't it!
All in all, I have given this book two stars as I picked up the odd stray helpful fact here and there, but I am now going to purchase a proper book on proofreading and copy-editing to learn the techniques and skills needed to actually undertake these tasks - I suggest you by-pass this anachronistic irrelevance and go direct to a authoritative book, it will save you some wasted time and cash.
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