Proofreading is an essential cog in the machine of publishing, with responsibilities and skills to match. People who think it's easy ignore all considerations of style and typography, assuming that it's simply a case of checking for spelling mistakes in a document. What's more, many courses are little more than basic English lessons with a list of proofreading symbols. The result is that those with a flair for spotting errors often try to find proofreading work when they are not prepared.
This course is designed for people who want to proofread professionally. It assumes that anyone embarking on a career in proofreading will have a reasonable understanding of English and explores style and typography, essential for real-world proofreaders. It draws on the experience of its author to identify problematic areas involving punctuation and grammar, and imparts its wisdom in an informative yet informal manner.
There are no promises of work, direct or implied; the course simply teaches you what you need to know and then lets you use your own initiative. It will prepare you for working for web developers, designers and publishers of books and magazines.
The course includes: