This is a video showing you how much copyediting had to be done to a book written by a self-publishing guru. “It was already rewritten twice and, hey, I have a fairly good grasp of the English language. In other words, my book was in relatively good shape. And yet, as you’ll see in the video, there were plenty of corrections.”
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Style guides work best when they are treated as a reference or starting point rather than a bible. This article explains the variations in them and how they are influenced by preferences — those of the publisher, audience and editors — and what that can mean for writers.
It’s all here: 21 tips to consider when you’re working with a freelance copy editor or proofreader so you can “produce a readable publication without breaking the bank.” The tips outline what freelancers need most to work to the best of their ability.
Courtesy Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition: http://www.eliteediting.com/resources/proof-reader-marks.aspx
Ten Writing Mistakes to Avoid
The Ten Mistakes (and Easy Fixes) by Pat Holt