With Chapterhouse proofreading and copy-editing courses, you can
- Work from home doing freelance proofreading or copy-editing (or both)
- Earn extra money in a way that fits in with your lifestyle
- Improve your existing career – businesses need proofreading or copy-editing experts on their staff
- Break into the publishing industry as a copy-editor or proofreader
- Do a job you’ll actually enjoy
We are a specialist organisation and our focus is on giving our students the best possible chance to thrive, through our experience, expertise and individual support. Richard, a Chapterhouse director, says: “There is huge satisfaction to be had from both proofreading and copy-editing. Proofreading brings out the nit-picker in all of us, and copy-editing an author’s work to make it as good as it can be is a really rewarding way to spend your time – while earning money!”
What do proofreaders and copy-editors do?
The copy-editor works in detail on a book, before it has been designed and prepared for printing. Copy-editing involves improving the book and making it the best it can be, as well as finding all the little mistakes. Copy-editing is a broader job than proofreading, and copy-editors are usually paid slightly more.
The proofreader is the detail spotter who weeds out the last-minute errors (typos, spellings, punctuation) before the book goes into print but does not make substantial changes.
Many people work both as copy-editors and as proofreaders, however. Often, non-publishing clients (such as charities, businesses and other organisations) want a mixture of proofreading and copy-editing. Proofreading and copy-editing are both usually done by freelancers who work from home.
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Some students like to take their time and study at home at their own pace, taking up to a year to complete the course, and for them Chapterhouse offers two different correspondence courses. Students taking our correspondence courses receive manuals with lots of exercises and model answers for self-assessment, plus additional free exercises which can be sent in for detailed marking and feedback from our tutors.
Run by Senior Tutor Tom Richards, Chapterhouse face-to-face seminars are warm and informal, with emphasis placed on group work and graduated exercises. We also give students as much personal attention as possible. There is a lot of discussion of English language, words, grammar and punctuation. Everyone enjoys the courses and learns a huge amount in a short time. Our four-day seminars cover both proofreading and copy-editing, while for students wanting an express course in proofreading, we have one-day seminars. Seminars are held at Imperial College London, and at University College Oxford.