Becoming An Editor
- Build your skills and confidence
- One-on-one coaching from friendly, expert tutors
- Specialise in work you enjoy
- Gain the ability to charge higher rates
- Take your freelance career to the next level
About the course
Becoming An Editor is a comprehensive course designed by industry insiders to help you build the skills you need.
Learn at your own pace with quizzes, practical exercises, and case studies. You’ll be introduced to different types of editing and information on editing different types of writing, including:
- Line editing to refine documents at a line and paragraph level
- Developmental and comprehensive editing, covering structure, content, and style
- How to work with academic clients on scholarly writing
- How to edit creative fiction and non-fiction
- How to work with business clients, formal business writing, and commercial copy
Develop your confidence and expertise as you progress through the course. You’ll become a well-rounded editor ready to tackle wide-ranging and complex projects.
Whether collaborating on engaging creative documents with authors and publishers, supporting academic research, or helping businesses hone their message, we’ve got you covered!
You can also save 15% on Becoming An Editor with the Proofreader & Editor Course Bundle.
Is it right for you?
Whether you’re a complete beginner looking to kickstart a flexible new career or an experienced professional wanting to expand your existing skills, Becoming An Editor has everything you need.
Although completion of our Becoming A Proofreader course is not a prerequisite for our editing course, we strongly recommend it. Our proofreading course is the perfect foundation for many core editing skills, particularly the knowledge of the mechanics of English spelling, punctuation, and grammar that you will need to work as a proofreader or editor. Becoming An Editor will help you refine those skills and take your career to the next level.
As a graduate of both courses, you’ll have a wide range of editing techniques for working with a broad client base. And you’ll still get to enjoy the complete freedom and flexibility that freelancing brings.
But that’s not all… When you pass our Becoming A Proofreader course with 80% or more, you’ll have the chance to work with our partner company, Proofed, initially on a trial basis. A distinction in our Becoming A Proofreader course and a passing grade in our Becoming An Editor course will unlock enhanced Proofed opportunities. This means fast-track access to a broader range of work, often with a higher pay rate! For more details, please see our Guaranteed Work page.
Save 15% with the Proofreader & Editor Course Bundle
Give your new freelance career a boost by purchasing the Proofreader & Editor Course Bundle.
Line and content editing
Editing academic writing
Editing creative writingHere, we’ll focus on fiction and non-fiction. Anticipate what to expect when working with publishers and authors. Learn how a manuscript is structured and understand the basics of narrative theory, such as plotting a story or character development. And explore how the creative genre can affect various writing techniques – from romantic tales to self-help guides.
Editing business writing
The final assignment
Who can take this course?
Everyone is welcome to take the Becoming An Editor course. Although it’s not mandatory to take our Becoming A Proofreader course beforehand, it is highly recommended.
How long do I have to complete the course?
There is no time limit to complete Becoming An Editor, allowing you to learn at your own pace. You will also have lifetime access to the course.
Do I need specific qualifications to take this course?
You don’t need formal qualifications to take our Becoming An Editor course – only a desire to learn and a love of the written word.
What if English isn’t my first language?
Fluent second English language speakers are also encouraged to take the course. Please note that the final assessment does require an advanced understanding of written English.
I’ve already completed the Becoming A Proofreader course. Should I enrol in Becoming An Editor, too?
Although many people complete our Becoming A Proofreader course and go on to enjoy fulfilling freelance careers, our Becoming An Editor will help you refine your skills.
Becoming An Editor focusses on overall structure, content, and flow. But that’s just the beginning Editing is often more subjective than proofreading, which is typically rules-based. Is the document organised? Are there contradictions, inconsistencies or factual errors? Is it right for the target audience?
If you want to work on more complex documents – and enjoy a higher earning potential – our Becoming An Editor course is the right choice. Success in both courses will give you more opportunities with our partner company, Proofed. For more details, please see our Work Guarantee page.
If I successfully complete the Becoming An Editor course, am I guaranteed work with Proofed?
When you pass our Becoming A Proofreader course with 80% or more, you’ll have the chance to work with our partner company, Proofed, initially on a trial basis. A distinction in our Becoming A Proofreader course and a passing grade in our Becoming An Editor course will unlock enhanced Proofed opportunities. A passing grade only in our Becoming An Editor course does not guarantee work with Proofed.
Does it matter where I live?
You can be anywhere in the world! All you need is a computer (PC or Mac), an internet connection and Microsoft Word (2016 or later).
Please note that to work with Proofed, your country of residence must have a tax treaty with the United States Internal Revenue Service. These countries are listed here. For further information, please contact a financial advisor.