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Copyediting and Proofreading For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-12171-9
384 pages
May 2007
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Turn your knack for language into a lucrative career

Must-know techniques and resources for maximizing your accuracy and speed

Interested in becoming a copyeditor or proofreader? Want to know more about what each job entails? This friendly guide helps you position yourself for success. Polish your skills, build a winning résumé and land the job you've always wanted. Books, magazines, Web sites, corporate documents - find out how to improve any type of publication and make yourself indispensable to writers, editors, and your boss.

  • Balance between style and rules
  • Master the art of the query
  • Use proofreader symbols
  • Edit and proof electronic documents
  • Build a solid freelancing career
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Introduction.

Part I: Welcome to the Word World.

Chapter 1: Reading as a Job? Oh, Yes.

Chapter 2: Jobs for Bookworms.

Chapter 3: Other Publishing Opportunities.

Part II: Conquering Copyediting.

Chapter 4: So, What Does a Copyeditor Do?

Chapter 5: What Makes a Good Copyeditor Great.

Chapter 6: A Handful of Copyediting Specialties.

Chapter 7: The Copyediting Process in Action.

Part III: Picking Up a Proofreading Career.

Chapter 8: So, What Does a Proofreader Do?

Chapter 9: Mastering the Proofreading Symbols.

Chapter 10: Dipping Your Pencil in the Proofreading Waters.

Chapter 11: Watching a Proofreader in Action.

Part IV: Adding to Your Repertoire.

Chapter 12: Boning Up on Punctuation and Usage.

Chapter 13: Dissecting Books and Magazines.

Chapter 14: Balancing Between Style and Rules.

Chapter 15: Creating and Using the All-Important Style Sheet.

Chapter 16: Formatting a Manuscript.

Chapter 17: Editing and Proofreading Electronically.

Part V: Turning Your Skills into Paychecks.

Chapter 18: Hunting for Work.

Chapter 19: Preparing for a Freelance Career.

Chapter 20: Keeping the Freelance Jobs Coming.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Keys to Success as a Copyeditor.

Chapter 22: Ten Keys to Success as a Proofreader.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Commonly Misspelled Words.

Appendix B: Glossary.

Appendix C: Online Resources.

Index.

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Suzanne Gilad is the founder of PaidToProofread.com. Over the course of ten years, Sue proofread or copyedited over 1,200 books for Random House, Simon & Schuster, John Wiley & Sons, St. Martin’s Press, Oxford University Press, and Workman Publishing, among others.
Illustrating firsthand that proofreading and copyediting can be profitable and fun while allowing additional pursuits, Sue is also a successful voice-over artist based in New York. You can hear her voice happily hawking products and playing characters on national and regional radio and television.
Thanks to some unexpected proofreading projects on personal finance a few years ago, a whole world of education in residual income opened for Sue. She wrote The Real Estate Millionaire (McGraw-Hill, 2005) with her husband, Boaz Gilad.
Sue currently leads seminars on multiple streams of income, and her latest passion is to teach financial freedom. Sue’s next book is the story of the creation of 15 millionaires in five years. Visit www.SueGilad.com to learn more.
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