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EDITING AND PROOFREADING

                                                      Get paid to read books! 

                         

How many times have you read a book, magazine or newspaper and found a spelling error, or perhaps you discovered a word was missing in a sentence? While writing is often seen as the glamour part of the publishing industry, it is the editors and proofreaders who ensure that the end product makes sense and is free from errors.

 

Learn the skills of the copy editor and proofreader and you could soon be earning money doing something you enjoy. This exciting and flexible career can be done full-time or part-time, across wide and varied mediums such as novels, plays, websites, emails and articles. Step by step we teach you the professional techniques, editing and proofreading symbols, tips on spelling and grammar, punctuation and capitalisation, electronic publishing and how to set up your own business.


TOP 10 REASONS FOR ENROLLING IN THIS COURSE

 

  1. Learn to differentiate between the various editorial, proofreading and typesetting roles in the publishing industry.
  2. Identify common spelling, punctuation, grammatical and layout errors in printed text.
  3. Become more proficient in applying and understanding the functions of the various parts of speech, such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives.
  4. Demonstrate correct use of Australian and New Zealand industry-recognised editing and proofreading symbols.
  5. Gain an understanding of computer applications within the publishing industry.
  6. Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the written application of numerals, abbreviations, capitalisation, italics, etc.
  7. Understand the importance of checking facts contained in written text.
  8. Gain a competent knowledge of all theoretical and practical aspects of copy editing and proofreading.
  9. Each module in the course contains a variety of self-assessed exercises, as well as a copy editing or proofreading exercises. These provide students with plenty of practise in spelling, grammar, punctuation and the application of editing symbols
  10. Modules contain ideas for further reading and research

COURSE CONTENTS:

There are eleven (11) modules in this course, as follows:

 

MODULE 1: EDITING AND PROOFREADING FOR PROFIT AND PLEASURE

Introduction, general overview of the publishing industry, structural editor, copy editor, proofreader, general roles, computer spelling checker facilities, international spelling variations, industry aptitudes, course outline, six activities plus self-assessed test.

 

MODULE 2: AN INTRODUCTION TO COPY EDITING

More on structural editing, fiction and non-fiction, copy editing, proofreading, guide to standard symbols and how to use them, marking text errors, copy editing in practice, coding headings, capitalisation, italics, abbreviations, parochialisms, continuity, numbers, factual errors, bias and libel, three activities plus assignment.

 

MODULE 3: PROOFREADING IN PRACTICE

Role of the proofreader, proofreading methods and tools, house style, components of a non-fiction publication, headers and footers, key points for proofreaders, dates and times, four activities plus assignment.

 

MODULE 4: GRAMMAR AND SPELLING

Grammar, parts of speech, nouns, pronouns, verbs, split infinitives, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, sentences, clauses, paragraphs, spelling rules, common mistakes, problem areas, eight activities plus self-assessed test.

 

MODULE 5: PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALISATION

Punctuation marks and their functions, full stops, ellipses, exclamation and question marks, commas, comma splice, colons, semicolons, dashes, apostrophes, the mechanics of dialogue, quotation marks, layout, brackets, more on capitalisation, seven activities plus self-assessed test.

 

MODULE 6: SETTING UP IN BUSINESS

The fundamentals of setting up in business, fair trading/consumer affairs, sole trader, partnership, limited-liability company, record keeping, GST and tax responsibilities, business name registration, trademarks, domain name registration, working from home, workplace registration, legal matters, bank accounts, financial records, your business image, time management, marketing your services, three activities plus assignment.


MODULE 7: HOW TO SELL YOUR SERVICES

Marketing your services to potential clients, gaining experience, applying for work, advertising, mail shots, business cards, letter of application, networking, personal approach, Australian and New Zealand publishers, societies of editors, six activities plus assignment.


MODULE 8: HELP FROM NEW TECHNOLOGY

Computers, basic uses, other equipment, spreadsheets, internet browsers, software programs, hard disk size, RAM, printers, faxes, Internet access, email, mailing lists, newsgroups, the World Wide Web, Boolean operators, useful websites, American and British language conversions, tautology, clichés, four activities plus assignment.


MODULE 9: OPPORTUNITIES IN ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING

Explanation of electronic publishing, computers and publishing, typesetting codes, computer copy editing, on-screen editing, proofreading from disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, the Internet, traditional versus electronic editing, programming languages, e-books, flow charts, five activities plus self-assessed test.


MODULE 10: OTHER AVENUES FOR FREELANCERS

Additional income opportunities, editor’s advice to authors, freelance writing, marketing guides, readers’ letters, fillers, articles, market analysis, article outline, short stories, books, finding ideas, copyright, selling your idea, payment, writing non-fiction, indexing, rewriting, ghost writing, research, photography, illustration and design, seven activities plus self-assessed test.


MODULE 11
: THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Developing skills, editors’ societies, tips for finding work, author/editor relationships, rates of pay, freelance rates, holiday pay, superannuation, common queries, course index, three activities plus assignment.

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OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO YOU WITH YOUR NEW QUALIFICATIONS

There is a huge variety of paid and interesting work available for trained copy editors and proofreaders, and your eventual success will depend on your commitment to your study, as well as the application of your knowledge and skills. Lifestyle Learning Direct’s comprehensive Professional Editing & Proofreading course aims to give you a broad knowledge of the editing and proofreading industry and train you to be competent in both the theoretical and practical application of this knowledge.

 

Apart from teaching the application of copy editing/proofreading symbols, this course covers other necessary components of good English such as spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar, developing your ability to recognise and correct all manner of spelling, punctuation, grammatical and typesetting errors. This course will also benefit those interested in writing as a career, or wishing to supplement a career that involves writing reports, publicity blurbs, news articles, marketing material, and so on.

 

Additionally, this course is not simply concerned with the theory of editing and proofreading; it’s also about the practical aspects of how to set up in business. Soon you may be able to make money and begin a satisfying career doing something you enjoy – reading!


EXPERT TUITION

Even though you are studying at a time and place convenient for you, you still benefit from expert guidance and tuition. Your tutor for this course is experienced in this field and will provide valuable feedback on each assignment you submit.

 
WRITTEN BY EXPERTS

All courses offered on the Lifestyle Learning Direct website have been written by industry experts and are regularly updated to ensure the information is accurate and relevant. 

EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND LESSONS

Don’t worry if you have never studied before; all your lessons are set out in easy-to-understand language, taking you step by step through the course. If you need additional assistance, simply contact Student Services and help will never be far away.


STUDYING ONLINE IS SIMPLE

With online training you have the advantage of being able to study wherever you have access to a computer and the Internet. All your lessons are available on our website for you to view as you need them, or you can save them to your computer and print them so you can take them with you wherever you go.


Lessons 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 11 have allied assignments. Once you are comfortable that you understand everything contained in the lesson, simply complete your assignment and upload it to the website for your tutor to mark. Once your tutor has marked your assignment, you will receive an email notifying you that it is ready for collection.

 

The remainder of the lessons have associated self-assessment tests, allowing you to test your knowledge straight away.


Part Payments Available
Initial deposit : $408 inc GST
2nd payment : $408 inc GST
Total Cost : $816 inc GST


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