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The Subversive Copy Editor, Second Edition

Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself)

Carol Fisher Saller

The Subversive Copy Editor, Second Edition
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Carol Fisher Saller

200 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780226240077 Published April 2016
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226239903 Published April 2016
E-book $15.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226240107 Published April 2016
Longtime manuscript editor and Chicago Manual of Style guru Carol Fisher Saller has negotiated many a standoff between a writer and editor refusing to compromise on the “rights” and “wrongs” of prose styling. Saller realized that when these sides squared off, it was often the reader who lost. In her search for practical strategies for keeping the peace, The Subversive Copy Editor was born. Saller’s ideas struck a chord, and the little book with big advice quickly became a must-have reference for copy editors everywhere.

In this second edition, Saller adds new chapters, on the dangers of allegiance to outdated grammar and style rules and on ways to stay current in language and technology. She expands her advice for writers on formatting manuscripts for publication, on self-editing, and on how not to be “difficult.” Saller’s own gaffes provide firsthand (and sometimes humorous) examples of exactly what not to do. The revised content reflects today’s publishing practices while retaining the self-deprecating tone and sharp humor that helped make the first edition so popular. Saller maintains that through carefulness, transparency, and flexibility, editors can build trust and cooperation with writers.

The Subversive Copy Editor brings a refreshingly levelheaded approach to the classic battle between writers and editors. This sage advice will prove useful and entertaining to anyone charged with the sometimes perilous task of improving the writing of others.
Review Quotes
John McIntyre | Baltimore Sun

"If you admired—even loved—the first Subversive Copy Editor, you will perforce admire and love the second edition."

Stan Carey | Sentence First

“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.”

Jonathon Owen | Arrant Pedantry
“The best book on editing I’ve ever read.”
Praise for the previous edition | Jennifer Balderama, New York Times
“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 | Publishers Weekly
“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 | Times Literary Supplement
“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 | Amy Einsohn, author of The Copyeditor’s Handbook
“Saller is the mentor that every copyeditor dreams of: wise, smart, shrewd, gracious, generous, and self-deprecating.”
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