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Grammar of the Edit, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Chapter Five

General Practices for Editors

QUESTION: Aren’t the rules of editing made to be broken?

ANSWER: No, they are made to be followed, and, perhaps eventually, creatively reinterpreted by you.

The material in this chapter will brief you on some of the major guidelines for any edit session. Over time, these practices have evolved a bit but they basically stay true to their original intentions because they hold up so well no matter what the project or what the editing fashion of the day may be. To established editors, these guidelines may seem quaint or simplistic, but we are looking to provide some basic ideas for you, the new editors, so that you may absorb these concepts and also move forward with your careers.

These general practices ...

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