When Steve Bayes approached me about taking over The Avid Handbook, I don’t think I fully realized what a huge responsibility he had handed me. Now in its fifth edition, this book has been an essential tool and reference for thousands of editors around the world. Taking over a book from another author is always fraught with peril. Because I wasn’t going to completely rewrite the book, the result is a merger of our two voices and styles. Fortunately, I discovered that Steve and I have very similar writing voices, so the merger went well.

The world of editing has evolved in a number of ways since the publication of the last edition, most notably with the expectation that editors will be comfortable working in both standard and high definition, ...

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