Proofreading Course
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“I felt that it was well organised and had a lot of revision notes with all the information I needed.”
Hayley, Camarthenshire
“I would say it has all the information you'll need and you get help if you want it.”
Leah, Gloucestershire
“Do it! It's easy to understand and interesting too; I've found it no problem working the study into my schedule; I am a mum and I work full time!”
Leanne, Somerset
“They give valuable feedback and the modules are interesting.”
Diane, Wellington, New Zealand
“Go for it, looks like the most comprehensive one around in its field.”
Sheena, Inverness, Scotland

Proofreading Course Syllabus Contents

What the Proofreading Course Covers

1. Welcome.

  • Copy editor versus proofreader: what's the difference?
  • The role of the proofreader.
  • Using a house style guide.
  • The five Cs.
  • How much to edit: bold yet tactful.

2. How to edit professionally

  • How to copy edit. How to spot errors.
  • Proofreading symbols and what they mean.
  • Proofreading skills and tips.
  • British English versus American English. Globish.
  • Three proofreading myths. Split infinitives.

3. Copy editing skills.

  • Great grammar
  • Superior spelling. Commonly confused word pairs (or pears?).
  • Subject-verb agreement.

4. The different types of document you'll encounter

  • Copy editing fiction books: dialogue and other issues.
  • Copyediting for business writing: reports and proposals.
  • Writing better letters and emails.

5. How to write better English sentences.

  • Clarity. Avoiding ambiguity. Re-writing sentences. Being passive.
  • Sentence length.
  • Super structure.
  • Parallelism. The rule of three.
  • When you can and can't use contractions.
  • Sentence fragments.
  • The run-on sentence.
  • Unnecessarily formalised words. Intensifiers. Florid writing. Pruning.
  • English expressions: what they mean and should you use them?

6. How to master punctuation

  • Proper punctuation
  • Correct capitalisation. People's titles. Companies.
  • The awful apostrophe.
  • Exclamation marks.

7. Making a document more attractive and legible through improved layout, fonts and formatting.

  • Paragraph length.
  • How to lay out text. Spacing. Headings and body copy.
  • Microsoft Word skills for proofreaders. Autosummarise. Headers and footers.
  • Technology that helps proofreaders. Other software.

8. Setting up your business

  • Starting out
  • Job sites
  • Pitching for work
  • Time Management
  • Business forms and records
  • Processing the work
  • Your company
  • What's the Plan?
  • A Place to Work
  • Being self-employed
  • Basic business tools

9. Managing your money.

  • Basic budgeting
  • How much should you charge?
  • Payment
  • Keeping clients and the bank manager happy
  • Legalities
  • The 'form' of your business
  • Your business name
  • How to keep financial records in four easy steps
  • Paying tax
  • Insurances
  • Bookkeeping and other essentials.
  • Selecting a Business Type

10. How to launch your business and find clients

  • Setting Your Pricing
  • What is the going rate in your area?
  • Building a clientele
  • The initial enquiry
  • Advertising
  • Marketing yourself/your service/practice/business
  • Positioning your business
  • USP - standing out from the crowd
  • How to find clients
  • Sources of work
  • Promotional material
  • Your website.
  • Getting more traffic to your site.
  • Blogs.
  • Gaining experience
  • Handling clients
  • Sustaining your profile