Mastery of book manuscript editing requires a thorough knowledge of style and editorial judgment. What are the demands of the reader? How does an editor choose one style over another? The Advanced Manuscript Editing course builds on the two prerequisites (Basic and Intermediate) with continued practice on longer and more complex materials. Working electronically, students will become familiar with the structure of a book and gain skills in assessing manuscripts, writing editorial notes, setting editorial priorities, managing elements such as illustrations and documentation, and preparing the edited manuscript for typesetting. There will be plenty of hands-on practice in sentence- and paragraph-level editing. Quizzes and discussions will touch on challenging aspects of grammar and of editing books in various genres. Using Carol Fisher Saller’s The Subversive Copy Editor as a resource, the class will discuss the editor’s mediating role and how to build trust with authors and other members of the book team. Finally, student will take a good look at what it’s like to be an editor and live a word-focused life.
This class will be working in Microsoft Word using the Track Changes function. Students are best prepared if they have familiarity with using Word for editing in a work context. It is recommended students take Editing Electronically first if they are not comfortable with the Track Changes function.
"Online self-paced" refers to course start and end dates. "Online fixed date" refers to the synchronous session schedule fully available under "Section Notes."
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Editing : Required Courses