Technical Editing:
Collaborating with Writers — Rude 3


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  1. What strengths do writers usually bring to the collaborative effort between writer and editor?
    They usually have more expertise with language.
    They usually have more knowledge about the publication process.
    They usually have more subject matter knowledge than editors.
    They usually are better suited for working in teams.
  2. What strengths do editors usually bring to the collaborative effort between writer and editor?
    They usually have more subject matter knowledge than writers.
    They have more expertise with language and knowledge about the publication process.
    They are better at working collaboratively that writers.
    They know how to mark copy.
  3. Writers usually have a high degree of ownership for the document that they have written. How does this affect the relationship between the writer and editor?
    They may feel defensive about changes that the editor requests.
    They will probably work harder than the editor.
    They will probably not work as hard as the editor.
    They may feel that they should get all the credit for the document.
  4. What is an emendation?
    A change requested or suggested by the editor.
    A change requested or suggested by the proofreader.
    A note or question about the text.
    A query to the print shop about printing schedules.
  5. The main focus of a collaboration between writer and editor should be
    The needs of the editor.
    The needs of the publisher.
    The needs of the writer.
    The needs of the reader.
  6. Why should an editor not use a blue pencil to edit hardcopy?
    Blue suggests feelings of sadness, loss.
    Blue is cold, impersonal.
    Blue does not show in photocopies.
    Blue causes surrounding text to be overshadowed or blurred in photocopies.
  7. What is personal style editing, and is it a good thing or bad thing?
    Good. It indicates a level of commitment on the part of the editor, a real desire to work with the writer to improve the document.
    Bad. It is picky editing that reflects the editor's own personal tastes and that is not based on any established standards.
    Good. It enables readers to better underatand the document and use it for their purposes.
    Bad. It may go against the agreements that the writer and editor have made at the beginning of the editing process.
  8. Why should an editor have some knowledge of the subject matter?
    So that she does not introduce error while editing.
    She can make substantive changes where the document is technically inaccurate.
    She can make recommendations about the design of the product.
    So that she will not have to ask a lot of questions of the subject matter experts.
  9. What should you do when a writer discovers that you as the editor have made a mistake?
    Do not call attention to the mistake.
    Challenge the writer to prove that the mistake is indeed a mistake.
    Ignore the writer.
    Accept responsibility for your mistake.
  10. What are queries?
    Questions and notes from the writer to the compositor.
    Questions and notes from the editor to the publisher.
    Questions and notes from the editor to the writer.
    Questions and notes from the writer to the legal department.
  11. What is an important goal of a letter of transmittal?
    To act as a detailed evaluation of the document.
    To win support from the publisher.
    To explain what the editor should do next.
    To explain what the writer should do next.
  12. When you are editing a document and are uncertain about the content and cannot continue editing, what is the first thing you should do?
    Go visit the writer and ask the question directly.
    Try to find the answer on your own using your own resources.
    Write this question to the writer in margin next to the place where it applies.
    Write this question and any others you have in the letter of transmittal to the writer.
  13. When you are editing a document and are uncertain about the content and cannot continue editing, what is the second thing you should do?
    Go visit the writer and ask the question directly.
    Try to find the answer on your own using your own resources.
    Write this question to the writer in the margin next to the place in the text where it applies.
    Write this question and any others you have in the letter of transmittal to the writer.
  14. Why did the editor change the phrasing relating the CPR instructions involving the ABC mnemonic?
    To make the keywords correspond with A-B-C.
    To make the three statements parallel in phrasing by starting each with an imperative verb.
    To achieve technical accuracy in relation to the three basic steps in CPR.
    To convert each of the three statements into declarative sentences for greater clarity and comprehension.
  15. What was wrong with the way that the editor changed the phrasing of the three essential CPR statements?
    Her changes created stylistically undesireable parallelism.
    Her changes caused the three statements to be grammatically unparallel.
    Her changes created technical inaccuracy.
    Her changes caused the sentences not to begin with A, B, and C, consecutively.



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