1. It’s more fun than meeting your next deadline.
2. You have to proofread your boss’s memo, which begins “Between you and I.”
3. Maynard in the production department just emailed “To All” that you’re delaying the copy.
4. The company name is misspelled on the cover of the annual report you edited.
5. THE DOCUMENT YOU ARE WORD PROCESSING IS 25 PAGES TYPED IN ALL CAPS.
6. You’ve accepted a big freelance job even though you already have three others.
7. A writer has returned your editing with “Stet all” written at the top of every page.
8. It’s 5:48 pm and your deadline was this morning and you still have 100 pages to go.
9. Your marketing department wants to ban hyphens from all copy.
10. You love to work with words—but you just wish it were easier.
After you’ve read the style guides and the grammar books, this little book will tell you how to live a good life as an editor, enjoy your relationships with colleagues and writers, and collaborate productively for the sake of the reader. Written by a veteran editor who still makes mistakes—so you don’t have to. Perfect for classroom use.
“The point is not how to copyedit, but how to survive while doing it.”
—from The Subversive Copy Editor