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Paths to Freelance Editing Careers: Becoming a Copyeditor

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Paths to Freelance Editing Careers: Becoming a Copyeditor

If you want to dip a toe into this exciting branch of editing, don’t miss our two-part webinar series on copyediting fiction. When you’re ready to dive deeper, try our self-paced courses on beginning and intermediate proofreading and copyediting. Purchase three or more and save 10% on the list price!

  • Copyediting Fiction, Part 1: Overview (Webinar Recording)

  • Copyediting Fiction, Part 2: The Fiction Style Sheet (Webinar Recording)

  • Proofreading and Copyediting with 'The Chicago Manual of Style'

  • Copyediting: Beginning

  • Copyediting: Intermediate

  • Copyediting Fiction

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"Copyediting fiction is a fun and fulfilling specialty. This webinar provides an introduction to what you'll need to know." —Amy Schneider, instructor

Copyediting Fiction, Part 1: Overview

This webinar presents a general approach to copyediting fiction. First is the fiction copyeditor’s mindset: supporting the author’s voice and knowing when and how to break the “rules.” Second is a discussion of workflow: manuscript intake, setting up the style sheet (covered in detail in Part 2), editorial passes and rounds, and querying. The third section covers grammar and usage topics that are common in fiction, including language bloopers (and when or whether to “fix” or query them) and conscious language. Fourth, we will discuss dialogue: dialogue tags and action beats, punctuation, numbers, and unspoken and electronic dialogue. The webinar closes with a discussion of fact checking in fiction for both real and fictional elements.

"Learn to use your spidey-sense when copyediting fiction to keep real and fictional elements accurate and help the author keep the story on track." —Amy Schneider, Instructor

Copyediting Fiction, Part 2: The Fiction Style Sheet

This webinar explains the elements of a comprehensive fiction style sheet, and how copyeditors of fiction can develop their sense of what to include on it. The section on general style is similar to that for nonfiction, covering numbers, punctuation, typography, abbreviations, usage, and a general word list. Tracking not just names of characters and places but also their descriptions and relationships to each other can help the copyeditor ferret out plot discrepancies. Finally, keeping a detailed timeline by tracking not only individual days but other concrete and relative references to the passage of time can help keep the plot accurate.

"CMOS is the most comprehensive style guide out there. Get the essentials here." —Kirk Perry, instructor

Proofreading and Copyediting with The Chicago Manual of Style

This self-paced course introduces beginning proofreaders and copyeditors to The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), focusing on grammar, punctuation, style, and citation. Students should have an excellent grasp of college-level grammar, for this course will show how CMOS surpasses and clarifies the rules found in standard grammar guides. Familiarity with MLA or APA citation is recommended but not required; the fundamentals of the CMOS notes-and-bibliography system will be covered. This course focuses not on the business of proofreading and copyediting, which is covered to some extent in part 1 of CMOS, but on the practicalities of correcting a typical author manuscript.

"Master the essentials of copyediting with hands-on training that you can do at your own pace." —Lourdes Venard, instructor

Copyediting: Beginning

This in-depth self-paced course is an introduction to copyediting. Students will learn basic concepts and skills, including levels of editing and types of editors, the use of an editing checklist, assessing and prepping the manuscript, working with Track Changes and find and replace, using style guides and other reference guides, and querying. We’ll also go over how to copyedit numbers, abbreviations, acronyms, figures and tables, quoted material, and tables of contents.

"As copyeditors, we must balance good editing with good client skills. The Beginning and Intermediate Copyediting courses teach how to do that." —Lourdes Venard, instructor

Copyediting: Intermediate

This self-paced course covers in-depth topics dealing with language issues and authorial style, including flexibility in editing, word choice, sentence structures, and literary devices. We’ll learn how to address nominalizations, passive language, wordiness, and other issues. Additional modules cover the author-editor relationship, tools and processes, breaking into copyediting, and gaining experience. This intermediate-level course assumes that you have a basic knowledge of copyediting skills and are interested in honing your skills in querying, preserving author voice and style, and learning more about writing issues you may encounter. You will also learn when to be flexible and break the “rules.”

"Fiction copyeditors need a specialized, nuanced skillset to success. This class teachers you all the essentials, at your own pace." —Lourdes Venard, instructor

Copyediting Fiction

Fiction copyeditors not only look for misspellings and punctuation errors, but edit for voice and technique. This self-paced class will explore the differences between fiction and nonfiction editing, where copyediting ends and developmental editing begins, and common manuscript errors. We’ll examine style issues particular to fiction, including the mechanics of dialogue and interior monologue, narration flaws, and authorial voice. The course also provides information on breaking into fiction editing and working with indie authors or new writers.

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