Book Review: The Copyeditor’s Handbook, Third Edition

This book is very useful for both writers and editors. Since I’m part of the former group, I think that this book made me aware of what to do and what not to do when writing. I learned a lot.

The exercises were pretty nifty with the way they allowed you to give you hands-on practice. Though, they become quite challenging the more you do them. I learned a lot of editing terms and symbols, but since they were used by hand, the exercises might not be helpful if you use the computer for editing. It’s not bad to do hands-on editing once in a while; it’s like a refresher.

There are a lot of sources and books that the book references and I can’t wait to read them when I get the chance. I think that if I read a lot of these types of books, I think I can expand my writing a lot.

I don’t think there is a fault in this book; it doesn’t mean it isn’t perfect, but it just means that all the information Amy Einsohn put in this book is helpful and necessary. I also love how she put in the common grammar rules as a separate chapter. Sometimes, grammar rules can be hard to remember, so it was nice to get a refresher.

I also liked Chapter 15 a lot. Instead of grammar rules, this chapter focused more on the broader areas of editing: organization, expository style, bias-free language, and publishing law. I think this was the most interesting chapter because I learned the most out of it.

Overall, this book is very helpful for editors and writers. Although I don’t plan on getting a copyeditor job anytime soon, I know that I’ll be able to handle it if I get such job thanks to this book.

(photo of the book cover is from Amazon)


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