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Become a Proofreader and Copy Editor
From Kit Sadgrove
Thanks for stopping by. I want to ask you three questions:
- Do you wince when you see errors such as ‘We except credit cards’, when they mean ‘accept’?
- Do you notice grocers’ English on shop blackboards? Phrases like “You’ll love our fresh cabbage’s.”
- And would you like to sharpen your own writing before sending it to a publisher?
If you answered ‘Yes’, you should think seriously about becoming a copy editor and proofreader. It’s the natural role for you.
Writers need you
As a proofreader you protect writers from their own shortcomings and faults.
Proofreading suits someone like you, if you’re the perfectionist who experiences an intake of breath when you see a misused word.
And there is much correcting to be done. Authors make blunders all the time.
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There are traps everywhere. Sometimes, it gets really tricky:
Is it organized or organised? Well, it depends on which country you’re in (Americans used the ‘Z’ form, while Brits use the ‘S’ one.)
- Can you end a sentence with a preposition, as in: ‘Things we shouldn’t talk about’? Yes, you can do that. There’s no rule against it. It’s always best to sound natural rather than pompous. It would sound odd to write ‘Things about which we shouldn’t speak’.
- On the other hand, if you can get rid of a preposition at the end of a sentence, without affecting the meaning, you should. “Where do you live at?” has an unnecessary preposition at the end. It is better to write “Where do you live?”
- Can you split an infinitive? Such as ‘To boldly go’. Yes, you can say that.
Grocer's English is
If you’re concerned about these problems, then proofreading is for you.
Everyone else has left the room, saying, ‘I don’t care enough to read any more’.
Which is OK, because proofreading and copyediting is a specialised subject. It isn’t for everyone.
Why you need this course
It’s one thing to know most of the rules of grammar. It’s quite another to know:
- how to find clients
- what to charge
- how to estimate the time it will take
If you want to be a serious writer, you need to present your work properly. There must be no errors. That's another reason to take this course.
The course also gives you a recognised qualification, and marks you out as a professional.
It’s good to refresh your knowledge, and to check that you’re bullet-proof. You go out into the market place better prepared.
Are you really sure about all aspects of proof reading and copy editing? If not, it’s best to err on the safe side, and take this course.
How you can help other writers
Writers want to communicate their thoughts; and errors get in the way. They’re like bumps in the road. They come between the writer and their audience. No writer wants that.
That’s why the proof reader is so important.
You help the writer to get their ideas across.
We proofreaders strive to make communication more effective. We seek to eliminate misunderstandings between individuals, or even governments. One misplaced word could start a war; another perfectly phrase could reveal a depth of understanding sufficient to stop a one.
“Let’s eat grandma” is very different from “Let’s eat, grandma.”
A typo can be quite
If you like perfectly written English, you’re the ideal candidate to join our world of proofreading.
Never has there been a greater need for those with language, punctuation and grammatical skills than right now.
We’re living in a world of communicators. Experts want to sell their knowledge and hobbyists have pastimes they want to share. On Google and in magazines we can quickly find information on any subject.
But sadly the writers aren't always good at grammar and punctuation. They could use a good copy editor, like you.
Other people are actively held back from publishing because they aren't good at writing. They know their stuff - but they worry about how to put it across accurately.
Moreover many schools aren't good in teaching spelling and punctuation.
We’ll show you how
You can make a difference! You can save all the actors, singers, rappers, and other performance artists who decide they need to write a book. You can turn their muddled, ill-constructed prose into something that’s actually readable.
Even the most educated
writers make errors
For all the day-to-day blog writers out there on the internet, you can inspect and correct their words. Every time you correct one of their errors you grant them “authority”. People respect well-written articles and are unforgiving of illiteracy, poor grammar and misspellings. In those instances, readers will often give up before they have finished reading the first paragraph.
We’ll teach you to:
- ✔ Identify incorrect spelling
- ✔ Accurately correct grammar
- ✔ Sharpen your writing
- ✔ Mark up text to be printed
- ✔ Improve punctuation
- ✔ Make the layout clearer
And you’ll discover how to:
- ✔ Set up your own business
- ✔ Manage your book keeping
- ✔ Avoid legal problems
- ✔ Create marketing
- ✔ Learn where to find clients
- ✔ Discover how to price jobs
Proofreading has changed. But proofreaders are even more essential.
In the old days editing jobs were distinct. After the author or copywriter had produced the original material, the copy editor corrected errors including spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting.
The original text was then typeset and printed into a preliminary form called a proof (or galley proof) to be checked by the author
Another editor, called a Proof Reader, performed a direct side-by-side comparison from the original draft to the typeset copy. They would note any inconsistencies, and mark them for correction.
The days of manually typesetting individual little reverse letters by hand are long gone. And writing rarely meets paper until it’s actually made into a book.
An author will write copy in a program like Microsoft Word, but that is converted into a publisher’s format and then the copyeditor gets to work. Mainstream publishers have in-house copyeditors and proofreaders who tidy the manuscript and make it meet the house style. But smaller houses don't have this luxury. They rely on freelancers because the volume of work varies. And authors are notorious for not delivering their work on time.
There may be a certain amount of back-and-forth between the author and publisher, but much of the wasted time is eliminated if the author hires an outside proof reader so that the material is delivered in a form that is ready to go to press.
And in this modern conversion to electronic media, editors don’t scrawl over paper copies very often anymore. Most corrections are done directly on the screen of a computer, by a copy editor with proofreading skills.
When the copy, in its final form, has been transferred to lithographic plates by laser, it is sent to multimillion dollar offset printers where it finally touches paper for the first time.
So copy editors and proofreaders (at least in the professional world of book publishing and newspapers) have been rolled into one. They’re paid more; they have greater responsibilities; and they have a higher status.
The openings for you in proofreading
Our course gives you a leg up into editing world. Proofreading is a skill, but sadly, it’s learnt by far too few to satisfy the needs of society.
The obvious errors are
sometimes the hardest to spot.
If the major publishing world is not for you, you can make a very satisfactory living as a proof reader for the innumerable writers on the World Wide Web.
At the very least, learning to be an excellent proofreader will significantly enhance your skills as a freelance content writer or copywriter for others. If you undertake to create your own blog, and generate a high visitor count because of how interesting (and accurate) you are, you can generate a remarkable income by providing advert space for related companies.We’ll show you sites where people are earning £16 an hour ($25) with no overheads, and getting as much work as they want. No boss to push you around, and the flexibility of working when you want to. And the opportunity to branch out into being a writer.
Why this course is really helpful
- The course is comprehensive, and covers all aspects of the topic
- The easy to grasp course content isn’t intimidating
- Your personal tutor will mark your assignments and offer progress insights
- Named course advisor is always available at the end of the phone
- A recognised independent qualification that demonstrates competency
- Work at your own pace; unlimited time to complete the course
- Detailed information on:
- Getting started by finding clients
- Managing your administration
- Setting up your business to run efficiently
- 60 day no-quibble refund
- Post-course refund if you don’t earn back the cost of the course
- 90 days of business mentoring on completion.
Everything you need
The course includes:
- ✔ 10 modules
- ✔ 6 tutor marked assignments
- ✔ 31 self-assessment exercises
- ✔ Ten videos
- ✔ A proofreading marks poster
- ✔ A copy editor’s checklist
- ✔ Small business start-up pack
One of the biggest advantages of this course is that you can complete it entirely online. You can proceed at your own speed, and repeat the material as often as you wish to make sure you haven’t missed anything important. You can always log in to check some important fact where you have any doubt. And your specific, named instructor is always available at the end of the phone.
Naturally this course is accredited by ABC Awards, which in turn is recognised by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), which is regulated by the UK government). This official recognition will always stand you in good stead.
Money Back Guarantee
Examine the course at your leisure for 60 days. And if you for any reason it doesn't meet your needs, just let us know and we'll refund your fees. No questions asked.
Why do we offer this? Simple. We don't want unhappy former students. We'd rather stay friends. And it stands to reason that no course can suit absolutely everyone who registers on it.
You’ll love the flexibility and freedom
You no longer need to sit in an office from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM in order to earn a living. As long as you deliver high quality work when promised, you can work any time of the day or night. You can work anywhere there's an internet connection.
If you want to take a vacation, take your laptop or tablet with you. Whether you’re on a tropical island or in a northern paradise you can look in on your business. Spend a couple of hours in the evening assisting clients, and then right back to vacationing first thing in the morning.
Being a freelance proofreader means that you answer to yourself about when and where you work. You can treat it as a part time job to supplement your income, or turn it into a full time occupation.
Yours to Discover
There is an entire world of possibilities out there waiting for you. Becoming an expert proofreader could be the first step on the path that will change your life forever.
The only thing standing between you and the tyranny of a 9-to-5 job is a choice that you can make right now. Choose the right to control your own destiny. Choose freedom. Do it today!
There are no time limits to the course. So you can go as slow or as fast as you need to, in order to get the most benefit from the materials.
There’s absolutely no reason to put off registering. All you need is a computer, internet access, and a commitment to do what you’ve always wanted to do.
If you’ve read everything to this point, it's clear that you have a strong interest in editing and proofreading.
You know that this is the career for you. Now all you have to do is get started! Go to the registration page now and prepare yourself for a journey of a lifetime—one that will help you find lasting happiness and fulfilment in the job of your dreams!
Here's to your success
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