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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Introduction to Editorial Skills: A solid foundation

A novice freelance editor experiences Introduction to Editorial Skills

 Tanya Preston 250 x 333As a newcomer to the publishing industry, I knew that I needed the best possible training in order to stand out in this competitive market. What I didn’t realise is how much I would learn at the PTC’s Introduction to Editorial Skills course.

Learning the difference between copy-editing and proofreading, and how they fit into the overall publishing process, was very useful. What I had previously considered editing was actually scratching the surface of what a copy-editor does. The sheer amount of detail that goes into copy-editing and proofreading was a valuable insight, and left me excited to apply my newfound knowledge.

The huge benefit of this course was the number of practical exercises over the two days, which were even more effective for having an extremely helpful, knowledgeable and experienced teacher available to discuss them with. Swapping tips and techniques with the other delegates was another highlight – by implementing some suggestions, I felt I was able to refine my approach to be more efficient and methodical.

I was very impressed with the course materials, which included pre-course exercises, study information, a quiz on my existing knowledge, a copy of all the in-class exercises and model answers, the BSI proofreading symbols, and some extremely useful handouts that addressed specific issues. Overall, I felt the course was very well organised and had considered all the delegate’s needs.

I left the course optimistic and feeling as though I had a solid foundation for my new career as a freelance copy-editor and proofreader. The very next day after the course, I put my new skills to use editing a textbook for a new client, referring to the course notes and additional handouts. I can see that these will be a staple in my reference folder for a very long time.

Tanya Preston is a Chartered Civil Engineer who is now turning her hand to her first love: working with words. You can find her at www.prestoneditorial.com or on Twitter at @PrestonEditor.

Tanya was a delegate on Introduction to Editorial Skills in June 2017


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