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Basics of Proofreading (Webinar Recording)


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If you have thought about working as a proofreader, or you want to improve your understanding of basic proofreading skills and processes, this session is for you. Topics include necessary skills and characteristics, marks and symbols, style manuals, editing vs. proofreading, levels of editing, using Microsoft Word and Acrobat/PDFs, and useful resources, including publications, organizations and more. This practical overview is useful for both freelance and in-house colleagues.

Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, editor of the EFA’s national newsletter, provides editing and proofreading to magazines, newsletters and websites; law, marketing and PR firms; individuals; and nonprofits, associations, and businesses large and small. She has presented this class for the EFA, ACES: The Society for Editing, Society for Technical Communication, Cat Writers Association, Writers and Books, and other professional organizations. She owns the An American Editor blog founded by Rich Adin and is the creator and host of Communication Central’s annual “Be a Better Freelancer”® conference, co-hosted now with the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE).

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