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
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About The Course
Becoming An Editor is a comprehensive course designed by industry insiders to help you build the skills needed to work as a professional editor. Whether collaborating on engaging creative documents with authors and publishers, supporting academic research, or helping businesses hone their message, we’ve got you covered!
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.
Although completion of our Becoming A Proofreader course is not a prerequisite for Becoming An Editor, we strongly recommend it. When you pass our Becoming A Proofreader course with a distinction (80% or more), you’ll have the chance to work with our partner company, Proofed, initially on a trial basis.
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.
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 you’re a complete beginner looking to kick-start a flexible new career or an experienced professional wanting to expand your existing skills, Becoming An Editor has everything you need.
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Module 1: An Introduction To Becoming An EditorKnow what to expect from our Becoming An Editor course and get situated before delving into the details of what it means to be an editor.
Module 2: Understanding EditingWe’ll cover different editing styles, what this entails, and various client types. Find out what goes into planning and executing an editing project – from negotiating a client brief to providing feedback.
Module 3: Line And Comprehensive EditingDiscover the difference between line editing, copy editing and proofreading. Learn about developmental and comprehensive editing. Sharpen your skills with lessons on structure, content and style.
Module 4: Editing Academic WritingKnow what to expect from academic publishers and authors, and determine the differences in tone between sciences and the humanities. Recognise structure, how to clarify arguments and enhance a scholarly tone.
Module 5: 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.
Module 6: Editing Business WritingUncover everything you need to know to work on marketing materials and other commercial copy. Study the conventions of formal and technical business writing. And learn how business copy can use persuasive writing techniques.
Module 7: The Final AssignmentIt’s time to put your editing skills to the test! Select your final assignment type: academic, business or creative. When you’re finished, your assignment will be assessed, and you’ll be invited to book a face-to-face feedback call with our friendly expert tutor.
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 focuses 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 Guaranteed Work 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 a distinction (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.
What language is the course in?
We offer our Becoming A Proofreader and Becoming An Editor courses in UK and US English. You will have the option to select your course language after purchase. If you would like us to add the UK version of the course to your account, let us know by emailing us at email@example.com.
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