STET Again: Wisdom from The Editorial Eye
In a discussion on LinkedIn about useful texts for editors, a number of well-known titles came up, including The Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, The Elements of Typographic Style, and others. In this discussion, a book titled STET Again: More Tricks of the Trade for Publications People was also mentioned.
Given the favorable cite, I thought I’d give it a look and ordered a copy. Although out of print, the book is easily sourced from Amazon for around $5 with reasonable shipping costs.
I was really blown away. It’s like sitting down at a coffee shop with John McIntyre, Carol Saller, and Ben Zimmer. The best minds in the publishing and editing business are freely sharing with you their thoughts on the most vexing problems that you encounter every day.
As the title indicates, there are sections that apply to editors, writers, proofreaders, graphic designers, and related professionals. If your business is to put words into print, there will be something here informative for you. Even though I have some 22 years in the business, I have found in this book all manner of useful tips and ideas that are practical for me.
If you work in the business of creating publications, I guarantee you will find this text worthy of a spot on your shelf. Common problems like how to handle numbers, singular they, and which/that are fully addressed. Difficult subjects are followed by quizzes you can use to check your understanding.
The source material is articles from The Editorial Eye, here edited and compiled for your edification. When you read sections on editorial triage—how to speed-edit documents under extreme pressure—you’ll feel as if the best minds in the business are at your side. The same goes for suggestions about layout, graphic design, and composition.
Daniel Sosnoski has worked in the publishing business for the past 22 years at all levels, from document design to writing, proofreading, and editing in a variety of contexts. Most recently he has specialized in medical editing and is the editor-in-chief of Chiropractic Economics magazine. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.chiroeco.com.