Axing the General Who Hadn’t Been Born Yet: What a Copy Editor Can Do for You

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June 2013
by Robert A. Juran

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Let’s have a long talk about copyediting.

Many people seem to forget that with inferior copyediting—or indeed no copyediting at all—a book can be blown right out of the water. Inferior copyediting, or none, means that a book will almost certainly be filled with errors of various kinds: spelling, grammar, usage, punctuation, and many more, and worst of all, factual errors. So what happens? The book is rejected by reviewers, bookstore buyers, and even distributors and wholesalers—all of whom have plenty of other books to choose from.

And, of course, it will get a negative reaction from readers….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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