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Copyediting and Proofreading For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-12171-9
384 pages
May 2007
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Description

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.

  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Welcome to the Word World.

Chapter 1: Reading as a Job? Oh, Yes.

Chapter 2: Jobs for Bookworms.

Chapter 3: Other Publishing Opportunities.

Part II: Conquering Copyediting.

Chapter 4: So, What Does a Copyeditor Do?

Chapter 5: What Makes a Good Copyeditor Great.

Chapter 6: A Handful of Copyediting Specialties.

Chapter 7: The Copyediting Process in Action.

Part III: Picking Up a Proofreading Career.

Chapter 8: So, What Does a Proofreader Do?

Chapter 9: Mastering the Proofreading Symbols.

Chapter 10: Dipping Your Pencil in the Proofreading Waters.

Chapter 11: Watching a Proofreader in Action.

Part IV: Adding to Your Repertoire.

Chapter 12: Boning Up on Punctuation and Usage.

Chapter 13: Dissecting Books and Magazines.

Chapter 14: Balancing Between Style and Rules.

Chapter 15: Creating and Using the All-Important Style Sheet.

Chapter 16: Formatting a Manuscript.

Chapter 17: Editing and Proofreading Electronically.

Part V: Turning Your Skills into Paychecks.

Chapter 18: Hunting for Work.

Chapter 19: Preparing for a Freelance Career.

Chapter 20: Keeping the Freelance Jobs Coming.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Keys to Success as a Copyeditor.

Chapter 22: Ten Keys to Success as a Proofreader.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Commonly Misspelled Words.

Appendix B: Glossary.

Appendix C: Online Resources.

Index.

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Author Information

Suzanne Gilad has proofread or copyedited over 1,200 titles for more than 20 prominent publishing imprints.

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