The third edition of The Australian Editing Handbook, released in mid 2014, is a valuable companion to the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers. The Style Manual, last updated in 2002, was reviewed in a February 2014 post.
The Australian Editing Handbook has 3 main sections:
- Introduction to publishing
- The basics of editing
- The production process.
The Appendices include sample briefs, editorial checklists, a sample style sheet and proofreading symbols.
Over 400 pages, authors Elizabeth Flann, Beryl Hill and Lan Wang have many helpful tips for both professional editors and writers who want to understand editing and publishing processes to edit their own work. The third edition has updated information on editing in the digital age including a detailed chapter on ebooks.
Recommended retail price is A$49.95, but look online for a better price. You might be lucky enough to find it under the Christmas tree.