Editing a technical writing book
A few months ago, out of the blue, an old acquaintance messaged me about a book she was writing and if I would edit it before she outs it up for sale. I worked on it and it was a great read. Somehow, that one opportunity has opened the doors to many more such book editing projects. Just as I submitted the final edits to that friend, another old friend of mine also messaged asking about her book and if I would edit. Sure enough, I agreed, and that book, on technical writing, is now available on Amazon for sale! How very cool is that! I am so proud of my friend and her book, it is a great read, even if you don't work in technical writing. It does address all aspects of the trade and the easy writing style helps. Check it out here. And if you do buy her book, please leave her a review.
The value of Copy Editors
I am a Copy Editor. I like to do it. And I am good at it. Ask anyone I have worked with. I wouldn't be doing it if I did not enjoy it or was no good at it, would I? But this article says it better than ever - the need for copy editors, and much as we are an invisible species, we are much needed. Read it, and share your thoughts on this post if you will. Cheers!
AP Style book
The majority of my clients - media, individual or corporate, all ask for work to be done following the Associated Press or AP style book. Very rarely have I come across anybody asking for the Chicago Manual Style or any others though there are some folks that try to stick to those anyway. I have been able to do without an actual copy for a year or so now but decided to invest in one this year so I can flip through pages right here at my desk and get answers to my editing queries asap instead of having to search online and see if someone else has had the same problem before. The book is certainly a great investment, I swear by it. It isn't very expensive either - you should be able to get a brand new copy through Amazon for about $20 or so, else rummage through your local book store and you might be lucky enough to find a used copy for so much lesser. Many publications, both print and online, use this as their Bible so it only helps that you are already well-versed in the AP style even before you apply to work with them. Have you had to work with other specific styles for your clients? I'd love to know more.
Nope, not doing it, but I am helping a client edit and proofread their book on technical writing which is turning out to be quite the eye opener. It is a great effort, lots of information written in a clear and concise manner, very interestingly explained with images and graphs and such. My client has sure put in a lot of effort so I am hoping I can do a good job with the editing part of it. Have to deliver in about 2 days so I will sign off now and focus on that :)