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Better Proofreading and Copyediting

Self-Paced5 Course Hours | 12 Weeks
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Better Proofreading and Copyediting


A great editor is like a great mechanic. They look at a piece of writing the same way a mechanic looks at a car: they assess the current state, see if it has any issues, and tune it up so it's good to go. As you can imagine, there is no lack of metaphor to describe the task of editing. This course will help you discern between metaphor and fact to discover the truth of editing. You will learn the foundational principles of copyediting, the golden rules of proofreading, and what professional editors actually do and how you can do it, too.


  • IACET CEUs: 0.5


    • Mobile-friendly
    • Audio-enabled
    • Badge and credit-awarding
    • Fully accessible
    • Games & Flashcards
    • Expert-supported
    • Video content

    learning Outcomes

    • Define the three different levels of editing
    • Identify and correct the most common errors in grammar and punctuation
    • Recall and apply publishing standards for material like images, front matter, and back matter
    • Recall the differences between the most popular style guides
    • Understand how to use and update a customized style sheet for each editorial project
    • Explain what a professional editor does within the wider publishing process
    • Recognize and replicate standard editing symbols by hand
    • Use digital tools like track changes to communicate suggested edits effectively

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