Paul McFedries has been using, programming, building, yelling at, and occasionally physically attacking computers since he was in short pants (that's a long time). Paul is the author of 100 books that have sold more than 4 million copies throughout the solar system. Among his recent Wiley titles are Amazon Fire TV For Dummies, G Suite For Dummies, and iPhone Portable Genius. Paul invites everyone — especially you! — to drop by his personal website (
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To Karen and Chase, who make life fun.
Master of mysteries and lord of law…the editor spills his [or her] will along the paper and cuts it off in lengths to suit.
Do you ever think about another person's job and say to yourself, “Man, how do they do that?” That happens to me all the time when I think about editing, because an editor is, as Ambrose Bierce says, “master of mysteries and lord of law.” The finer points of sentence structure and production codes are opaque to most of us, but they're an editor's bread and butter and paying attention to them always results in better and clearer prose. So, I'm a big fan of editors because they make me look good! You should be a fan, too, because the editors who worked on this book made it a much better read.
I offer my sincere gratitude to everyone at Wiley who made this book possible, but I’d like to extend a special “Thanks a bunch!” to the folks I worked with directly: executive editor Steven Hayes, project editor and copy editor Susan Pink, and technical reviewer Ryan Williams.
Executive Editor: Steve Hayes
Project Editor: Susan Pink
Copy Editor: Susan Pink
Technical Editor: Ryan Williams
Proofreader: Debbye Butler
Production Editor: Mohammed Zafar Ali
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