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Subversive Copy Editor, Second Edition

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Carol Fisher Saller is editor of the Chicago Manual of Style Online's Q&A and writes the Editor's Corner for the Chicago Manual of Style's Shop Talk blog. She occasionally writes about language and writing in academe for Lingua Franca at the Chronicle of Higher Education and is the author of several books for children, most recently the young adult novel Eddie's War.


"This is the book Oprah would write if her vocation were saving writers from embarrassment, rather than saving the whole world. To which I say, finally. I've got dozens of books concerned with the nuts and bolts of copy-editing, but this is the only one that teaches the fine art of chilling out."--Praise for the previous edition "Jennifer Balderama, New York Times " "One of the great virtues of this book (which has been very well copy-edited) is the many helpful examples of exchanges and situations Saller uses to illustrate her points. Many are real--and some, incidentally, very funny."--Praise for the previous edition "Times Literary Supplement " "The best book on editing I've ever read."--Jonathon Owen "Arrant Pedantry " "Saller is the mentor that every copyeditor dreams of: wise, smart, shrewd, gracious, generous, and self-deprecating."--Praise for the previous edition "Amy Einsohn, author of The Copyeditor's Handbook " "With the book, (Saller) hopes to give copy editors 'self-assurance and a measure of grace' in negotiating words with the writers we are 'charged with saving from themselves.' It's an invaluable work for aspiring copy editors, and a useful one for those more established. Writers--who all edit their own work, to a degree--will also find it illuminating.The Subversive Copy Editor is a wise, witty, and thoroughly helpful companion to the work of editing." --Stan Carey "Sentence First " "If you admired--even loved--the first Subversive Copy Editor, you will perforce admire and love the second edition." --John McIntyre "Baltimore Sun " "May be the best copy editor's companion since the CMS, the AP Style Guide and that dog-eared xerox of copy editing marks you keep tacked up on the cubicle wall. . . . This is an ideal complement to any style guide: practical, relentlessly supportive and full of ed-head laughs."--Praise for the previous edition "Publishers Weekly "

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