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Proofreading for Perfection

Proofreading for Perfection (proof_101)$99.00
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ABOUT THE COURSE

Good proofreading skills make a major difference in your written communications, including your Web pages. They instantly establish a first impression, good or bad credibility, and whether or not you'll keep a client. Learn how proofreading and editing differ. Refresh and improve both your awareness of the most common types of errors and your skills through this course of proven proofreading techniques and tips. This is our most popular course. However, it is not for highly advanced students/workers who use only the latest state-of-the-art technologies for proofreading. Some proofreading is still done directly on paper, which remains an excellent way to practice skills and marks. Every student should benefit in numerous ways from this course; the proof is in the scores and in our recommendations for improvement.

THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO ENABLE YOU TO:

  • Prepare better and be more comfortable on the job.
  • See the big picture, and know where your job starts and stops.
  • In most cases, zero in on at least one error per page within 15 seconds.
  • Learn what to look for and where to find it.
  • Find more mistakes.
  • Be a better, more efficient, faster proofreader.
  • Save valuable time.
  • Ensure a first-rate first impression.
  • Boost your confidence and your clients' confidence in you.

ABOUT THE COURSE DEVELOPERS

Proofreading is one of Writestyle's most-requested services, and Writestyle's pros know a great deal about it. In fact, their clients asked them to develop a course on the subject. People all over the world sign up for and appreciate the course. Writestyle's associates and trainers are highly educated, experienced, and versatile; most are current or former educators and journalists.

RECOMMENDED COURSE MATERIALS

Proofreading for Perfection does not require students to purchase books; all information that you need is provided in the course, including a page of proofreading marks, sample proofread and edited pages, a sample style sheet, a list of style guides, and a list of suggested supplemental readings for those who may gain additional confidence from keeping a topnotch reference source at hand. However, instructors would like you to be prepared for the course with two rulers, a red pen or pencil, and a pad of paper.

Proofreading for Perfection
Course Outline

Lesson 1: Proofreading: A Brief History, Definition & Correct Stage in the Copy Process
The correct definition clarifies the process and documents. Proofreading is different from editing.

Lesson 2: Editing vs. Proofreading
Editing comes before proofreading. Proofreading is one of the last stages in the publishing process.

Lesson 3: The Proofreader's Job
"Proofreader" may or may not be your job title. It's a job with valuable contributions.

Lesson 4: Grammar/Spelling and Punctuation/Capitalization Review (Brief)

Lesson 5: Proofreader's Marks
The most commonly used marks: what they mean and how they're formed.

Lesson 6: Dealing with Writers, Editors & Interruptions
Diplomacy, knowledge, and place markers go a long way in dealing with writers, editors, and interruptions.

Lesson 7: Preparation
When and where to proofread and the tools of the trade.

Lesson 8: What To Look For
We proofread for many kinds of errors, more than you may realize.

Lesson 9: Proofreading Methods
The most commonly used methods and how they are applied.

Lesson 10: Seeing the Forest
Sometimes the forest is as important as each individual tree.

Lesson 11: Mistake Stories
Releasing copy before it's ready can cause comprehension difficulties for readers.

Final Exam
Correct the errors and graduate.

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