Forums Club Ed Editors’ Forum Advice please – re-editing something already edited by a professional Reply To: Advice please – re-editing something already edited by a professional

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Jennifer Lawler
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It sounds like mostly problems in consistently applying copyediting standards, which is not uncommon for people who are basically writers and not trained editors. It is also likely that the first editor was using AP rather than CMOS, but CMOS is appropriate for books and AP is not.

Yes, I think it’s fair just to say that you think consistently applying CE throughout would help, but whether the author is self-publishing or going through a traditional publisher, it is very expensive to make significant changes once the designer is already involved and parts of the book have been laid out.

I would recommend identifying the most crucial inconsistencies to address in the already edited items–things that readers (not specifically editors) are likely to notice–and let other issues go (though of course you will want to be consistent in your editing of the material that hasn’t been edited yet).