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Book review: Working Words
by Lindsey Thornitt

(first published in the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading [CIEP] publication Editing matters, Feb 2020) 

Working Words, Revised edition, by Elizabeth Manning Murphy
Published 30 April 2019, Lacuna Publishing
Paperback ISBN 9781922198365

I wish I had found this book earlier! Working Words by Elizabeth Manning Murphy is a highly engaging text that provides a comprehensive yet light-hearted view of what it means to be an editor, the steps it takes to become one and how to set up your business for success. 

She also discusses ethics and legal considerations for editors, project management, preparing quotes and responding to clients, how to incorporate an indemnity clause in a contract and home office set up.
These are all things that are invaluable for people just starting out; I’ve never found so much useful information on starting an editing business in any other book, and that’s only the first 80 pages. The following chapters provide reviews of basic grammar, punctuation, style, plain English, editing for ESL writers and more. Each instruction is easily accessible and accompanied by readily transferable examples.

Murphy’s Working Words is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend it for any new or intermediate editor venturing out on their own. The text is playful and engaging, and written in a conversational style that is never dry.

Her 'Itchypencil' moments are humorous and educational, offering a candid glimpse into the professional editor’s world, both behind the desk and out and about in everyday life. I plan on keeping this one within easy reach on my reference shelf. 

IPEd member discount 

The publisher has offered a discount to IPEd members to purchase Working Words – click here and select IPEd price when you add the book to your cart.
There is also a package special for buying both of Elizabeth’s books, Working Words and the 2nd edition of Effective Writing: Plain English at Workclick here and select IPEd price.

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