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
- Learn to differentiate between the various editorial, proofreading and typesetting roles in the publishing industry.
- Identify common spelling, punctuation, grammatical and layout errors in printed text.
- Become more proficient in applying and understanding the functions of the various parts of speech, such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives.
- Demonstrate correct use of Australian and New Zealand industry-recognised editing and proofreading symbols.
- Gain an understanding of computer applications within the publishing industry.
- Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the written application of numerals, abbreviations, capitalisation, italics, etc.
- Understand the importance of checking facts contained in written text.
- Gain a competent knowledge of all theoretical and practical aspects of copy editing and proofreading.
- 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
- Modules contain ideas for further reading and research
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.