The Elements of Editing

Arthur Plotnik

The Elements of Editing

The Elements of Editing

  • Title: The Elements of Editing
  • Author: Arthur Plotnik
  • ISBN: 9780020474302
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback

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A good complement to The Elements of Style It s a concise introductory manual that is helpful for anyone wishing to brush up on their editing.

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I'd like to share what is possibly the most erotic paragraph ever to discuss copyediting:"An editor's only permanent alliance is with the audience, the readership. It is the editor's responsibility to hook that readership; to edify it, entertain it, stroke it, shake it up—do whatever necessary to keep the medium hot and desirable for the people who support it."Hot and desirable. Exactly how I like my edits. Most of the book's technical recommendations are way out of date, as it was published i [...]

I wish I could find a more current updated version of this book. The Elements of Editing is perfectly edited. Of all the books on writing I've read this one cuts the fat and is nothing but what I need. There are no long winded stories and analogies that go on for paragraphs and pages. Nope, every page of this book had a post it for notes and the notes were straight forward. Just think of when you read reviews that say, "They could of said it in half the pages." Plotnik says it in half the pagesd [...]

While I'm not particularly interested in ever becoming an editor, I have done some work line-editing, and with the amount of writing I've been doing, I soon hope to have dealings with someone bearing the earned title of 'Editor'. Though a few sections of this book were hopelessly outdated (The chapter on Information Retrieval, in particular) there was still a good bit of information to be gleaned in helping someone like me understand the process and motivations of my future editor. As some autho [...]

This broad-ranging handbook is mostly for journalistic editors, but I found it helpful and interesting (it's true that I'm intrigued by most discussions of editing and writing, but I think anyone can appreciate the simplicity, directness, experience, and humor with which this book was written).I skimmed quickly through the chapters on copyright and libel (many of the rules have probably changed since 1982, when this book was written), but I found the section on electronic editing to be surprisin [...]

This is a great text when it comes to understanding the basic structure of editing. If you are looking for something that talks about grammar mechanics, this might not be the right book. Very little time is spent on actual grammar. Rather, the book breaks down some key journalism terms while presenting a few cautionary tales.Notes:A discussion on the various forms of defamation and libel. This book discusses who is unable to seek damages against a media outlet based on their occupation. Though p [...]

Super outdated. But identifies the ideal background of an editor as a voracious reader of classical literature--and the Great Books. Explains a lot.

Although this book included brief, good advice about sensitivity to audiences and authors and the importance of near-compulsive attention to everything from the first invitation to an author to write (an article for a magazine, for example) to the last potentially defamatory statement, heading, and semicolon, the book is outdated and I decided to recycle it. It is outdated in terms of copyright and defamation law to some extent. But it is distractingly outdated in terms of the editing processes [...]

Arthur Plotnik is an arch stylist, which made this book at least partly worth reading.Originally published in 1982 and apparently never revised in subsequent editions (like its namesake, The Elements of Style, which is now in its fourth edition), this book, needless to say, has become quite dated. It's hard to imagine, for example, in the era of digital cameras and laser printers, that an excursus on half-tones remains necessary for editors. Likewise the relatively lengthy exposition on 35mm cam [...]

This is probably the most valuable book I've read on writing. If you want to sell your writing, you have to write in a style that someone with purchasing power really likes. Generally that someone is an editor. If you know what an editor wants, he/she will be MUCH more inclined to buy what you've written. When I found this book at a thrift store, it was the BEST couple of bucks I've ever spent. After reading it, you will know how editors think. If you can think like an editor, then you're much m [...]

An old review salvaged from my blog archives:Despite the references to outdated technology, Plotnik’s knowledgeable book provides a tidy introduction to the being that is an "editor." For those interested primarily in the art of critiquing the written word, this book contains extraneous information, as it covers the many talents required of professional office editors (such as a crash course in photography and an overview of printing procedures). Nonetheless, this book is an interesting read f [...]

As a novel writer I found a few of the chapters really useful, some interesting, and about a third of it was either for newspaper editors or is outdated by technology.The last book I read was The Elements Of Style, and while I would call that a book for writers, The Elements Of Editing is for editors. It's been useful to get into the mind of an editor for my own self-editing and also for working out how I want to proceed with the editing process.It's also great to get another opinion on writing [...]

I skipped over the parts that are outdated. But those parts that are about editing are still relevant and informative. The information is concise and well-explained. The criteria for editing manuscripts, in particular, is definitely going on a post-it note that will have a permanent place beside my computer monitor as I edit.It was also a fun read and gave me quite a few laugh-out-loud moments.The author and publisher should consider revising the contents for modern desktop publishing. Everythin [...]

Who would have guessed that there could be so much animosity between writers and editors? But after reading this book, I can see how they might aggravate each other. As a writer, I guess it gave me a chance to glimpse "the other side." This would surely be a most instructive book for anyone who aspires to be an editor, for its sage advice, and for the experienced viewpoint of the author to really spell out what it's like to be an editor.

This book lost a star because it is older and needs to be updated. Adjusting for that, it was a good, solid general editing book. A second star was lost because it could have given more realistic examples. A helpful how-to guide for the beginner. If you are just starting out, this book would be a good place to start.

This book is largely outdated at this point (its from the early '80's) but it still has some good tips. The pages upon pages of information about printers and type settings offer some light comedic value but can be skimmed over, making this a short read. I think its still worth taking the time out to go over this text quickly to gain some insight. Plotnik clearly knows what he's talking about.

This looks ok, but not terribly helpful for me. It is probably excellent for someone employed by a publisher and dealing with authors and the nitty gritty of type of font, letters on a page, etc. As a freelance copy editor, I think there are more helpful books out there for me--hopefully.

A decidedly 1997 book on editing.Very basic things already learned from textbooks for those with background on the field, but other than that. the bit about editor-writer relationship was fun. Needs serious updating, is all.

This was published in 1982 so many of the chapters are dated, but overall, the book is still full of relevant advice. The editorial process hasn't changed much. A pleasure to read - Plotnik is pretty funny. This one's a keeper.

Really outdated, about 30% is obsolete, and is too US-centric. Some of the chapters are extremely weird and useless (like the one about the book editors, from which I expected a lot more). Maybe a good idea for journalism students to read once.

I found this very helpful when I first began editing and proofreading. I don't use it so much anymore because I'm editing for only one person (company) and she and I have worked together for a long time (she once worked at the same office) and have our habits set.

Four to five stars for the first half of the book, but the second half (on design, photography, and electronics) is outdated. I wish there was a newer edition. Plotnik is a delightful guide to the issues of editing.

I read this as a tie-in to the certificate course I am taking in editing. Having been published in the 1980s, it was somewhat dated (e.g video display monitors), but it still provided useful general information about the editing field at that time.

With clarity and logic, the author outlines the skills that various types of editors need.

A concise and useful read.

i love it

A lot of good advice, for 1982. That was a long time ago. But it is told with human and with.Please read full review here.

Not so much a book to read, but a good reference source for the editing process. I refer to it quite frequently.

Almost useless, except for one excellent point: there are definitely wrong ways to write something, but there is no single right way to write it. Let it go.


Read in preparation for teaching a new journalism course for community college system.

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