Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Beverly Matiko

Abstract

Editing is an integral part of publishing professional-level writing, but editing -- specifically copyediting -- can be very subjective, relying on the copyeditor's best judgment. For novice editors such as myself, this responsibility can be intimidating. For this research project, I formulated and tested a step-by-step copyediting procedure aimed at alleviating these jitters. After reading copyediting guides and interviewing four active copyeditors, I developed a procedure. I then tested that procedure on Timothy Huck's 115-page manuscript, The Lights of the Arno: A Novel. I conclude that even with a standardized editing methodology, editors will always need to rely on their subjective judgment.

Subject Area

Editing., Copy Editing.

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