Editing Skills

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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 top editor.     

Course Lessons

LESSON 1: HOW MUCH EDITING?

  • Introduction
  • 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

  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Step-By-Step 

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
  • Clarity
  • Accuracy
  • Tone and Style
  • Impact
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Consistency
  • 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
  • Conclusion 

LESSON 4 TOOLS AND LANGUAGE

  • Editing and Proofreading Symbols
  • Examples of Proofreading Symbols
  • Proofreading Tips
  • IT Tools
  • Spellcheckers
  • Autocorrect
  • Find and Replace
  • Track Changes
  • Editing Images
  • Plagiarism

LESSON 5 INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR EDITORS

  • Communication
  • Listening and Talking
  • Written Communication
  • Advanced Written Communication
  • Structure
  • Style
  • Content
  • How Editors Communicate
  • When and Where Editors Work

LESSON 6 FINDING WORK AND SELLING YOURSELF

  • Editing Today
  • How to Sell Yourself
  • Freelancing
  • Setting Up Your Own Website
  • Resources
  • Final Thoughts
  • Review what you have been learning
FINAL ASSESSMENT


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  • 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.

 

   

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