Book review – The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications (Spoiler Free)

“Even if you haven’t formally studied English grammar, you know countless aspects of grammar as an English speaker. You would never say or write “I are hungrily very,” no matter how many hours had passed since your last meal. Not all questions of grammar are that simple, of course, but many tangles are easily resolved once you know the rules and conventions.”

  • Title: The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications
  • Author: Amy Einsohn, Marilyn Schwartz
  • Genre: Reference work
  • Pages: 568 pages
  • Publication date: May 14, 2019
  • Publisher: University of California Press

When I was at the ACES 2019 conference, The Copyeditor’s Handbook got recommended to me the most. Someone mentioned it at least four to five times a day. When I realized a new edition of the book was coming out, I knew I had to get it.

I came to this book with big expectations. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted specifically, but I knew I wanted to learn a lot from it. It was underwhelming to say the least. I thought it’d go more in depth about the process rather than spend fifty pages on grammar points. Certain facts in the book stood out though and I learned a lot from it, but not in the way I thought I would.

Nevertheless, this book is good for anyone trying to understand the copyediting profession. It talks a lot about the process overall and some little details to help someone be a better copyeditor. There’s a lot of good information throughout.

I’d recommend this book if you want to improve your copyediting skills or understand the copyediting process more. It’s not a quick read by any means, but it does have good information.

Score: 8/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.33/5

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