By Amy Einsohn
The Copyeditor's instruction manual is a full of life, useful guide for novices to publishing and for skilled editors who are looking to fine-tune their abilities or develop their figuring out of the craft. This booklet can be used for self-instruction or as a textbook in copyediting periods. The workouts are followed by way of solution keys and targeted line-by-line motives.
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Query too often, and the author may become frustrated with the amount of time needed to read and respond to all your questions, comments, and explanations. " Query in a way that confuses or insults the author, and you are unlikely to obtain the cooperation you need to resolve the problem at hand. When to query. Not every change in a manuscript requires a query. Copyeditors do not query routine mechanical changes that are not subject to the author's veto or re-revision; thus you need not explain the reason for every added or deleted piece of punctuation or for every lowercasing of a word that the author capitalized.
To interrogate each pronoun ("Hey, pronoun, where's your antecedent? "), to cross-examine each homophone ("You there, 'affect'! "). Moreover, you must read slowly enough to catch missing words (a dropped "the" or "a"), missing pieces of punctuation ("We need a hyphen here"), ambiguities in syntax, and gaps in logic. On yourfirsteditorial pass through the manuscript, then, you will want to read as slowly as you can. To slow yourself down, read aloud or subvocalize. An added advantage of reading aloud (or muttering) is that your ear will pick up some discrepancies that your eye will ignore.
These notes should always include the manuscript page number (and even the paragraph number) in the corner. • Comments and questions (keyed to the manuscript by page number and paragraph) can be placed on separate pieces of paper interleaved with the manuscript or can be incorporated into a cover letter to the author. 46 THE ABCs OF C O P Y E D I T I N G Figure 5. Query Embedded as a Comment in a WordPerfect File. When a WordPerfect file is displayed in draft mode, an embedded Comment appears in a shaded box.