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Mcgraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders(Book + CD-ROM)

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ISBN-10: 007147000X

ISBN-13: 9780071470001

Edition: 2007

Authors: K. D. Sullivan, Merilee Eggleston

List price: $28.00
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Includes a CD-ROM featuring more than 25 adaptable and reusable checklists, quick references, and other powerful tools Features the absolute latest information on editing in the Internet age, including how to edit media such as websites and PDFs Written by an expert author team with more than half a century's experience writing, proofreading, and editing for book publishers and corporate communications' departments
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 7/13/2006
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 304
Size: 7.30" wide x 9.20" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

K.D. Sullivan is an internationally recognized authority on proofreading. Founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Editorial, a national proofreading and editorial agency, she is also the coauthor of the recently published book The Gremlins of Grammar.Merilee Eggleston has more than twenty years' experience as an editor, writer, and proofreader. She has edited more than 100 books, written advertising copy and materials for online education, and is the coauthor of The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Spanish for Health Care Professionals.

K.D. Sullivan is an internationally recognized authority on proofreading and the art of error checking. Merilee Eggleston has more than 20 years' experience as an editor in book publishing and for several prestigious corporate clients.

Gearing Up to Edit
Before You Begin
What Level of Work Will You Do?
Who Is the Audience?
When Is It Due?
What Format Is It In?
Which References Will You Use?
Who Will Answer Your Questions?
Project Information Checklist
Techniques and Tools
Consult the Experts
The World Wide Reference Department
Do It with Style
Follow the Leader and Pass It Around
The Last Word in Style
Make Your Mark
On Hard Copy
In Electronic Files
Learn the Art of Asking
What to Ask and What to Tell
Choosing Your Words
Fewer Is Better
Going Global
Making Queries Stick
Reviewing Your Queries
Do It in Stages
The Preliminary Skim
The First Pass
The Second Pass
The Final (Short) Passes
Standard Editorial Marks
Starter Style Sheet
Online Editorial Resources
The 3 Cs: What to Look for as You Work
Is It Correct?
The Pieces of the Puzzle
The Rules of the Game
Agreement Is All-Important
Apostrophes Are for Possessives, Not Plurals
Capitals Can Clutter
Commas Are Crucial
Conjunctions Can Open; Prepositions Can Close
Hyphens Are Helpful (but Not Always Right)
Dashes Are Indispensable
Infinitives Can (and Sometimes Should) Come Apart
Danglers Can Deceive
Numbers Need Consistency
Punctuation Can Pile Up
Semicolons Are Sophisticated
Colons Wear Coattails
Which Word When?
A or An?
Bad or Badly?
It's or Its?
Less or Fewer?
Like or As?
Was or Were?
Which or That?
Who or Whom?
Words Most Often Confused
Words Most Often Misspelled
Is It Correct? Checklist
Is It Consistent?
Style Sheets, Revisited
Method, 1; Madness, 0
A Crash Course in Consistency
Fast and Loose Facts
Icons and Symbols
Vertical Lists
Document Titles and Headings
Captions and Labels
Page Numbers, Headers, and Footers
Tables of Contents
Is It Consistent? Checklist
Is It Clear (and Compelling)?
Light Copyediting
Medium Copyediting
Heavy Copyediting
Substantive Editing
Where Clear and Compelling Come From
The Level of Writing
The Overall Structure
The Word Choice and Tone
The Clear and Compelling Makeover
12 Tips for Compelling Writing
Wordiness Watch List
Buzzwords to Banish
Writing for the World: A Guide to Globalization
Is It Clear and Compelling? Checklist
Onscreen and Online
Microsoft Word Documents
Track Changes-the Better Red Pencil
Using Track Changes
Beyond Track Changes
Checking Spelling and Grammar
Inserting Breaks
Inserting Symbols
Make Word Less Helpful
Take Advantage of the Toolbars
Make Yourself a Macro
Make Bullets and Numbers Behave
Use Fonts with Finesse
Set the Spacing
Take Tables in Stride
Advanced Options
Add Automatic Tables of Contents
Insert Hyperlinks
Check the Word Count
Compare Text
Check Heading Levels
Returning Finished Files
Editing in Word-a Quick Reference
Handy Keyboard Shortcuts
PDF Documents
Different Routes, Same Destination
Working on Paper
Working on Paper and Onscreen
Working Onscreen Only
The Tools You'll Use (or See) the Most
The Hand Tool
The Top-Drawer Editorial Tools
A Few Comments About Comments
Viewing Comments
Some Second-Drawer Tools
Attach a File as a Comment
Upload for Browser-Based Review
Beyond Comments and Tools
Completing Your Work
Editing PDFs-a Quick Reference
PowerPoint Files
Powers You Have and Powers You Don't
Marking Up Printouts
Editing Embeds
The Direct Approach
Inserting Comments and Recording Changes in PowerPoint
PowerPoint Printing
PowerPoint Editing-a Quick Reference
Web Sites
Where Language Goes, Rules Follow
Links, Banners, Buttons, and Bars
Real Marks for Virtual Pages
Marking Changes on Hard Copy
Using an Electronic Reporting Form
Using a Screen Capture
What to Watch for on the Web
Is It Correct?
Is It Consistent?
Is It Clear (and Compelling)?
Does It Work?
Sample Electronic Reporting Form
Checklist for Web Editing
Specialty Editing
Special Topics, Not Special Skills
Advertising Style-a Whole Different Animal
Trademark Symbols
Annual Reports with Financials
Computer-Related Text
Checklist for Computer-Related Text
Editorial Extras
Testing, Testing...
Testing, Testing ... Proofreading Answer Key
Testing, Testing ... Editing Answer Key
Expanded/Professional Style Sheet Template
Professional 8-Stage Proofreading Checklist
Complete Editorial Checklist
For Reference and Reading