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MNE-AESOP
ALL EDITORIAL SERVICES ONLINE FOR PUBLISHERS & WRITERS
28 Abberbury Road, Iffley, Oxford OX4 4ES, UK
01865 429563   ~   info [at] copyedit.co.uk
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Editorial services 1 A - D

Contents

The MNE-AESOP Directory of Editorial Services is divided into six parts. This is Part I and you will find complete details of our approaches to, and suggested editorial styles for, the following services:

Other parts of the Directory:

   About the directory
   Composition of directory
   How to access directory
   Summary of editorial services
   Directory of editorial services
   Part I:    A - D (THIS SECTION)
   Part II:  E - M
   Part III: N - Q
   Part IV: R - Z
   Part V:  Copy-editing style manual
   Part VI:  Publishing process chart
   Explanatory notes on services
   Services price list


  Abridgement  

 
Reasons for abridgement

A text may need to be abridged for a number of reasons:

  1. it is not economical to publish in its expanded form;

  2. it is too long to fit the requirements of a given format or package, e.g. Reader's Digest;

  3. it is too long for the requirements of a given market, e.g. ELT (English language teaching) publishing where foreign readers may be baffled by the vocabulary range in, say, a Dickens novel;

  4. it contains sections which editorially are unnecessary or which sabotage the overall content (structural problems);

  5. though the structure is sound, the writing may be overblown and "crying out for good editing".

Before embarking on abridgement, we:

  • provide an editorial report, suggesting ways in which the text can be abridged;
  • provide an estimated word count.

Alternatively, if you already know how you want the text to be abridged and provide us with your estimated word count, we work to your brief.

Dictionary:

or a dictionary of your choice

Copy-editing style

see Copy-editing style manual

Summary of abridgement functions

  • cutting and pruning of text
    • by structural editing
    • slimming down text by rewriting
  • reduce text to your suggested word count
  • reduce text to our suggested word count

Please note: MNE will apply the above style notes unless you, as publisher or author, specify that another book, journal, series or house style be applied.  



  Americanization  

 
Spelling

UK/Australian spellings are changed to American spellings, e.g.

___________________________________

UK spelling             US spelling
___________________________________

centre                       center
favour                        favor
travelled                  traveled
___________________________________

and many more.

Style and vocabulary

Depending on the nature of the text, style and language are unobtrusively adapted, taking into account colloquialisms, cultural differences and, in the case of fiction, references to people, places, events, monetary values etc. which should either:

  • be specific to US culture
  • not be specific to any culture.

Dictionary:

or a dictionary of your choice

Copy-editing style

see Copy-editing style manual

Summary of Americanization functions

  • change from UK/Australian (or English translation from another non-American source) to American idiom in:
    • spelling
    • style
    • vocabulary

Please note: MNE will apply the above style notes unless you, as publisher or author, specify that another book, journal, series or house style be applied.  



  Anglicization  

 
Spelling

American spellings are changed to UK/Australian spellings, e.g.

___________________________________

US spelling             UK spelling
___________________________________

center                       centre
favor                        favour
traveled                  travelled
___________________________________

and many more.

Style and vocabulary

Depending on the nature of the text, style and language are unobtrusively adapted, taking into account colloquialisms, cultural differences and, in the case of fiction, references to people, places, events, monetary values etc. which should either:

  • be specific to UK culture
  • not be specific to any culture.

Dictionary:

or a dictionary of your choice

Copy-editing style

see Copy-editing style manual

Summary of Anglicization functions

  • change from US (or English translation from another non-UK source) to UK idiom in:
    • spelling
    • style
    • vocabulary

Please note: MNE will apply the above style notes unless you, as publisher or author, specify that another book, journal, series or house style be applied.  



  Bibliographies  

 
Bibliographies

Bibliographies appear either at the end of a chapter or article, or at the end of the main text of a book (in which case the individual chapter bibliographies can be collated together into one bibliographical list or listed sequentially).

  • Creation and research
    If your text does not include a bibliography, or the one provided is inadequate, we will research, create or extend it, at your request.

    Note: This applies only, of course, to bibliographies which are in effect "Further reading" lists, rather than details of the sources you used in preparing your text, unless you supply us with your reference sources. If your sources are inadequate we will do our best to research them, but (as they say of the conversion of analogue recordings to digital CD) the result will always reflect the limitations of the original source!

  • Editing and styling
    The following are samples of the style we use in editing and styling the most common types of bibliographical entries:

    • Book titles:
      Smith, A. B. and Jones, C. D. (1996) This Is the Book Title (Oxford: MNE/aesop).

    • Articles
      Author, A. B. and Author, C. D. (1996) This is the article title, This Is the Journal Title 1(2), September, 24-31.

    • Chapter titles
      Author, A. B. and Author, C. D. (1996) This is the chapter title. In E. F. White and G. H. Black (eds), This Is the Book Title (Oxford: MNE/aesop), pp. 24-31.

  • Verification of data
    We will, on request, check for accuracy all the information given in bibliographies.

Reference lists

Reference lists appear either at the end of the chapter (or article) or at the end of the main text of a book (in which case the individual chapter reference lists can be collated together into one list or listed sequentially).

  • Creation and research
    If your text does not include reference lists, or the ones provided are inadequate, we will research, create or extend them, at your request.

    Note: This applies to the details of the sources you used in preparing your text and we would expect you to supply us with basic reference sources. If your sources are inadequate we will do our best to research them, but (as they say of the conversion of analogue recordings to digital CD) the result will always reflect the limitations of the original source!

  • Editing and styling
    There are two standards for flagging references in the text:

    (a) Harvard system
    (b) Vancouver system

    (a) Harvard system
    The style for this is "([author], [year], [page no.(s)]), e.g.

    The cat sat on the mat (Smith, 1996, pp. 24-31).

    with the full reference given in the reference list.

    (b) Vancouver system
    The style for this is "1, 2, 3", e.g.

                             1
       The cat sat on the mat
    
    with the full references numbered and set as footnotes or "endnotes" (at the end of the chapter, article or main text of a book).

    Where a bibliography is also supplied which includes full bibliographical details of all the references, a short or abbreviated form of the references is permissible in reference lists, e.g.

    1. A. B. Smith, This Is the Title (Oxford: MNE-AESOP), pp. 4-31.
    2. Smith, This Is the Title, pp. 32-9.
    3. ibid.

    In this case ibid. indicates that ref. 3 is from exactly the same source (including the page reference) as ref. 2.

  • Verification of data
    We will, on request, check all the information given in bibliographies for accuracy.

Dictionary:

or a dictionary of your choice

Copy-editing style

see Copy-editing style manual

Summary of bibliographical functions

  • creation and research
  • editing
  • verification of data

Please note: MNE will apply the above style notes unless you, as publisher or author, specify that another book, journal, series or house style be applied.  



  Biography of author  

 
MNE will rewrite or edit author's biography, which may be required for:

  • "about the author" page
  • book jacket copy
  • book publicity
  • etc.


  CD preparation  

 
We will create CD-ROMs from your edited text or other media such as images, sounds, movies etc. 



  Copywriting  

 
MNE will undertake publishing-related copywriting, e.g.

  • book jacket blurbs
  • catalogue copy
  • press releases.

Dictionary:

or a dictionary of your choice

Copy-editing style

see Copy-editing style manual

Summary of copywriting functions

  • book jacket blurbs
  • catalogue copy
  • press releases etc.
 


  Drafts  

 
Drafts are early, "working versions" or unedited versions of a text. It is often useful, sometimes essential, to refer back to them, particularly in collating different versions of a text in editing and in rewriting.  



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