Editing is much more than
spell-checking. It is a specialised area of writing which involves
liaising with writers and publishers to ensure all sorts of documents
are as good as they can be before they are published. Whilst it is said
that the sign of a good editor is one whose work goes unnoticed, those
who reach this level of expertise are very much noticed by others.
Anyone with superlative editing skills is sought after.
Editing is a process which involves a number of steps from securing
the work, checking manuscripts and contents, copy or subediting, and
ultimately proofreading. The complexity of what is involved varies with
the type of work, the length of manuscript and the duration or timeframe
allocated. Whether you are just editing a website blog page or a
technical report the better the understanding you have of editing, the
better the job you’ll be able to do. Take this short course to enhance
your editing skills and learn more about what is involved in becoming a
LESSON 1: HOW MUCH EDITING?
- Finding a Balance and Setting Priorities
- Why Are You Editing?
- Fiction and Non-Fiction
- Editing Fiction
- Editing Non-fiction
- Personality Traits of Editors
- What do you need to be a good editor?
- Dysfunctional Editors
- Functional Editors
- Editing Traps
LESSON 2: STAGES OF EDITING
- Editing Steps
- Step 1 - Securing the Document
- Step 2 - Be clear about what you need to do
- Step 3 - Plan
- Step 4 - General Editing
- Step 5 - Copy Editing
- Step 6 - Illustrations
- Step 7 - Styling
- Example of a Simple Style Guide
- Step 8 - Proofreading
LESSON 3: TYPES OF EDITING
- What Are Your Editing Criteria?
- Improving Content
- Aim for Originality
- Maintain Interest
- Keep it Current
- Make Sure It’s Complete
- Improving Readability
- Tone and Style
- Spelling and Grammar isn’t Constant!
- Editing a newsletter
- Editing a blog
- Editing a print magazine or newspaper
- Editing a sales catalogue
- Editing a brochure
- Editing a fiction book
- Editing a non fiction text book
- Editing research papers and journal articles
LESSON 4 TOOLS AND LANGUAGE
- Editing and Proofreading Symbols
- Examples of Proofreading Symbols
- Proofreading Tips
- IT Tools
- Find and Replace
- Track Changes
- Editing Images
LESSON 5 INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR EDITORS
- Listening and Talking
- Written Communication
- Advanced Written Communication
- How Editors Communicate
- When and Where Editors Work
LESSON 6 FINDING WORK AND SELLING YOURSELF
- Editing Today
- How to Sell Yourself
- Setting Up Your Own Website
- Final Thoughts
- Review what you have been learning
- Enrol any time.
- Start studying immediately or later (as you wish).
- Configure your study sessions at any length and frequency you wish.
- Work through at your own pace.
- Automated self assessment tests pop up at the end of each
lesson. You can attempt these as many times as you wish; and each time,
upon completion, you can see your results. You will need internet access
to complete the self assessment tests.
- At the end of the whole course, you are presented with a major
automated examination which can be attempted online, anywhere, anytime.
- If you achieve a 60% pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of completion with your name on it.
- Help desk - email anytime - emails answered every workday.
Who is this course for?
This is course is designed for anyone who want to improve their writing skills; journalists, all sorts of writers, teachers, students who want to improve their ability to write articles and reports; for those in the consulting industry; bloggers.