This exclusive learning environment is for students to further develop their proofreading and copyediting skills through additional training material. The material is tailored to build on what you’ve learned so you can gain more experience after course completion.
Personalized Feedback & Support
I personally evaluate your final assignment, and track your skills development so you receive personalized feedback. I'm here to support you and add value to your experience. You're not alone.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successfully completing the program, you receive a certificate of completion. As a symbol for graduating in High-Level Proofreading Pro, the certificate of completion can be used on your resume as an educational achievement.
Whether you want to work on books or business reports, learning editorial skills is within your reach and not just for an elite few. So much content is being created on a daily basis that proofreading and copyediting are now in-demand skills. We’ll teach you how to get paid from reading.
Do something with your love of words? Imagine getting paid to read and fix errors in books and other kinds of content.
Work in publishing? Imagine working with authors and editors, and having an integral role in creating a great book.
Work while you travel? Imagine having a job that allows you to work from anywhere in the world, or gives you the flexibility to set your own schedule.
Make extra money? Imagine starting a side hustle as a freelance proofreader and copyeditor that fits perfectly into your schedule and brings you extra income.
Start freelancing? Imagine having the flexibility to set your own hours so you can focus on your family or hobbies.
- 8 modules consisting of slides, downloads, quizzes, videos, tutorials, and exercises
- A course workbook, templates, and spreadsheets
- 2 bonus modules
- A dedicated module just for books and the publishing industry
- A business and marketing module that teaches client acquisition
- Access to our students-only Learning Hub
- Certificate of completion
- Email support
- Final assignment marked with personalized feedback
- Complimentary access to any future free bonuses
- Lifetime access to the course
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"It's just perfect for me!"
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"It's great—I'm very happy!"
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"I enjoyed it!"
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"It made me feel more confident."
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Module 1: Intro To Proofreading & Copyediting
In this module you’ll learn what each skill involves, your responsibilities as a professional, and discover your niche.
Module 2: Common Mechanical Errors & How To Fix Them
In this comprehensive module, we get into the technical editorial skills. At the end of each lesson is a quiz to test your knowledge.
Module 3: Proofreading & Copyediting Visual Content & Working Offline
Here you’ll learn how to use proofreaders’ marks and how to work on content that is heavy on graphics and art.
Module 4: Preserving Style
In this module you’ll learn editorial tools and best practices used to preserve a client’s style — a very important task!
Module 5: Proofreading & Copyediting With Editing Programs
Through step-by-step tutorials, you’ll learn how to work in the industry’s preferred editing programs.
Module 6: Understanding & Working With Diverse Content
This is where you’ll learn about the content industry and how to work with various types of content, as well as the role you play in content creation.
Module 7: Proofreading & Copyediting Books
In this module we cover the publishing industry, industry expectations and best practices. You’ll also learn how to correct editorial issues that are specific to fiction books. If you’ve always wanted to work on books, this is juicy stuff!
Module 8: Marketing Yourself, Gaining Experience, and Business Matters
Learn how to manage your projects, including invoicing and negotiating contracts. You’ll also discover how to gain experience when you’re starting from zero, and how to find clients and market yourself.
Bonus Module 1: Social Media Marketing
Get tips and strategies for marketing yourself — for free! — using social media.
Bonus Module 2: How To Overcome Editors' Imposter Syndrome
There are specific fears related to being a new proofreader and copy editor, so I address them here with advice to help you navigate your new role based on 17+ years in the industry.
Beginners and people with some experience proofreading. If you want to meet the skills that today's content demands, this course will give you the necessary proofreading and copyediting skills you need to work on the most common issues, no matter where you're starting from.
People who want to meet current job requirements. As content creation has grown, clients are asking for proofreaders who can go beyond traditional proofreading duties. That's why you learn copyediting.
People who have a goal. Why? Because it takes dedication and hard work, regardless if you're looking to start a side hustle, freelance from anywhere, or work in-house.
Members of the grammar police. If you cringe when a sentence starts with “And” or “But”, then this course isn’t for you. You're going to learn to ditch grade-school grammar lessons, fast! Today’s content reflects today’s language use, not irrelevant rules from Victorian England.
“Get rich quick” seekers. This course isn’t for people who think the course will guarantee you an immediate job. You have to put in the work to see results, and this course is to educate you, not act as a recruiter. I’ll teach you how to market yourself and find work, as well as how to communicate and work with publishers and content creators.
“Know-It-Alls.” It’s great you already have a natural talent with words, but are you willing to let go of assumptions and learn? The English language can be tricky, so you can never assume there’s only one way to do something. Also, learn rules and guidelines so you know when to break the rules.
Is it hard to learn copyediting? And do I have to be a grammar expert?
I have firsthand knowledge of publishing, and can assure you that learning copyediting is not scary at all. :) In fact, sometimes proofreading and copyediting overlap. Our course teaches you light to moderate copyediting skills, which is what the majority of clients need. And no, you don't have to be a grammar expert at all! The course has been designed so you learn both skills easily. The amount of time you put into learning proofreading, you can also put into learning copyediting, as well. Now your LinkedIn profile can say "proofreader AND copyeditor"!
Will I be able to work on books?
As an editor who has been working in book publishing for over 16 years, I guarantee you will learn all the necessary editorial skills you need to work on traditional and self-published books in the course. I also contribute my extensive insight and experience as an editor to help students understand the publishing industry.
Do you teach UK English?
Yes, I do! You learn how to proofread and copyedit US & UK English. I'm Canadian, so I have comprehensive knowledge of both language styles. You'll be able to work with global and large-scale clients.
How long does it take to do the course?
High-Level Proofreading Pro is self-paced. When you enroll you have immediate access to the first two modules. After that, two modules are released every five days. When you've gone through all the modules you can move through the course unrestricted. Some students take their time, while others like to move at a faster pace.
I don't live in North America. Can I still take the course and work as a proofreader?
Absolutely! Proofreading and copyediting are location independent skills. That means it doesn't matter where you live. As long as you have an internet connection, you can communicate with clients, market yourself, and find work.
Do you help me find work?
I teach you how to market yourself, set up your site, and look for work, but I don't offer employment services. This course is training and preparation for working as a proofreader and copyeditor. It is up to you to market yourself, find work, and approach potential clients. Your level of success depends on the effort you put in.
Am I able to contact you if I'm having a problem?
Of course! You can leave a comment in the lessons or contact me privately via email, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.