from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To correct and prepare (a manuscript, for example) for typesetting and printing.
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- v. Alternative spelling of copy edit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. edit and correct (written or printed material)
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I had the blessing of seeing this book while it was in copyedit thanks to being her student at Maui Writer’s Retreat in 2003.
Then the book goes into copyedit, which is done by the copyeditor, who is supposed to be checking grammar, punctuation, usage, checking for consistency, and that kind of thing.
And I just finished the copyedit for Book 1, complete with the title page and all the little marketing bits that will be involved.
I've got the galleys for book 2 to go through one more time and the copyedit for book 3 to finish today, but I'm stopping everything to tell you this news because it's so darn cool.
And then, of course, I see the copyedit, and then again in page proofs, but those are nit-picking and minute changes, not rewriting.
One imagines pile after pile of index cards and boxes, double checking of dates and Polish orthography, then having to do the frightful copyedit of the galleys.
From this point, it depends on the particular publisher and editor combination as to whether the anthology is sent piecemeal (here are the stories, put it together) or as manuscript ready for copyedit.
But, back in the day, I could copyedit and block-synopsis/grade a 5-page essay in 10-15 minutes.
AND - just turned in the copyedit approvals last week.
That year, every student in my program had the option to apply for an internship, and one of the options was to copyedit for Forum 2000, an organization Havel co-founded in 1997.