Become an Editor and Proofreader
The ideal work from home job or side hustle
for people who love words
You can become a great editor –
even if you’re not a grammar guru!
It’s true – you can earn money as an editor or proofreader even if you’re not an expert at grammar. How can I say this? Well, because there’s me – I was truly lousy at formal grammar at school and yet here I am, having worked as a professional editor for 25 years.
There’s a secret that I want to share with you and it’s this: If you love reading and writing and can take a dull sentence and make it shine, you can edit. And yes, you do need some technical knowledge but it’s not the whole darn grammar book. All you need to get started is a basic fluency with the written word plus the core knowledge and skills I’m going to share with you on this Udemy course.
The All-in-One Essentials Course for Editors and Proofreaders
- The 5 levels of editing and proofreading
- How to edit in Microsoft Word using international standard practices
- How to mark up a PDF with proofreading instructions
- Parts of speech recap (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) focusing on core concepts and common errors
- Common spelling issues to look out for
- Basic sentence structure
- How to begin marketing your editing services
- How to set your prices
How this course is different
Most short courses on editing and proofreading tend to assume a lot of knowledge – for instance, that you already have a good grasp of grammar and punctuation and just need to know the editing processes.
And the longer courses that offer qualifications tend to be time-consuming, pricey and somewhat intimidating. This course aims at the middle ground by providing you with the nitty gritty technical and procedural information without overwhelming you with too much detail.
A complete course to get you up and running as an editor
The Become an Editor and Proofreader course is presented on Udemy and includes 3.5 hours of video learning plus a comprehensive Course Notes PDF.
By the end of the course, you will know more than enough to be able to offer editing and proofreading services to authors, businesses and anyone who needs help preparing a document for publication.
About the course creator
Russel Brownlee is a book editor, writer coach and award-winning author. His novel Garden of the Plagues won the Olive Schreiner Award for debut fiction in South Africa (2006) and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Awards.