Books for proofreaders
These are the books I couldn't live without and that I recommend for any proofreader's bookshelf ...
New Hart's Rules: The Handbook of Style for Writers and Editors
The Penguin Guide to Punctuation
New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors
New Oxford Spelling Dictionary: The Writers' and Editors' Guide to Spelling and Word Division
Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage (2nd Edition)
English Grammar for Dummies (UK Edition)
Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers
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13/12/2011 03:21:59 am
A good list, all essentials. Having said that, I'm missing the A-Z guide so will correct ASAP.
13/12/2011 03:29:49 am
Thanks, Richard! I toyed with Butcher's but because I'm strictly a proofreader I decided that it was probably more than I needed. It's an excellent book, though, and you're right to recommend it, especially for editors.
7/1/2013 03:24:37 am
Thanks for the post Louise, I agree with what Richard said!
18/11/2018 06:41:28 pm
As someone who is just venturing into the proofreading world, would these books still be the ones you recommend, or are there newer ones I should look for?
18/11/2018 09:08:32 pm
I’d need more information about who you plan to work for in order to answer that, Catriona. It depends on your target clients’ preferences, the English they want you to proofread in (US, UK, AU, CAN, for example) and the subjects/genres involved. Your training provider will also have recommendations. Bear in mind that online versions of some of these books, and others, are available now.
21/11/2018 05:38:34 pm
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12/4/2020 09:55:46 pm
Hi, Nazneen! The advice in that book is still relevant today and I have no plans to do a new edition.
31/10/2020 11:28:46 am
31/10/2020 12:34:09 pm
Hi, TTC. I recommend you settle in to the role and work out what you need once you're up and running. Those texts are still relevant broadly speaking, but your company might have its own house style guide or preferred dictionary.
I am an author as well as an editor of several academic books. Copy editing is next on my list. These books you indicated, are they applicable to copy editing and formatting of academic manuscripts? Also applicable to fiction manuscripts?
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