Once upon a time, I asked them too.
Whatever your reason is for wanting to become a proofreader and copyeditor, if words are your thing, then The Editing Academy can help you achieve your goals. This course is ideal for people who
– have an eye for detail
– tend to catch errors in writing
– enjoy the process of improving what they work on
– prefer working with words over numbers
– love to read
– have the drive to build a business
– want to set their own working hours and pay rate
– understand the foundations of English as a native or fluent English speaker
If any of those sound like you, but you’re still not sure it’s the right fit, you can sign up for our free proofreading minicourse: Editing for Beginners.
You’ll learn about what a proofreading and copyediting career would look like, explore some simple grammar rules, and discover what you’ll get in the master proofreading and copyediting course: Editing Made Easy. The minicourse is FREE and only takes 30 minutes to complete!
Receive an EXCLUSIVE discount to the master course when you complete the free minicourse!
Whether you’re a millennial, a digital nomad, a retired empty nester, a stay-at-home mom, or a bored cubicle slave, if you have great attention to detail, then you can become a proofreader and copyeditor with the help of the Editing Made Easy master course.
In the digital age we live in, there are boundless opportunities for proofreading and copyediting. Thanks to the internet that connects the world in seconds, clients can be found around the world in mere moments. This grows your potential client network almost exponentially compared to the old days when all proofreading and copyediting was done on paper using a local expert found in the Yellow Pages.
Now you can get certified as a proofreader and copyeditor with The Editing Academy and help authors and companies located all around the world.
Get empowered to set your own terms as a freelance proofreader and copyeditor. If you’ve been dreaming of becoming a digital nomad working from anywhere, then this course is perfect for you. You’ll learn an incredible skill set that could be used with many other complimentary digital nomad jobs. And if you’re already a freelance writer, becoming a proofreader and copyeditor is a perfect way to offer more bang for the buck with your current clients!
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, or you just want the freedom of working at home, choosing a freelance editing career is a great option. You can choose to work the hours that work best for you. Night owls and early birds are welcome! And that flexibility means you can take a few hours off to go hiking with friends or attend a kid’s soccer game.
Perhaps you’re just looking to earn money part-time to fill your time or save up for vacations. When you become a proofreader and copyeditor, you can choose to work as much or as little as you want. Empty nesters and retirees love being able to work a few hours a week, and many end up so busy they work full time, but this time, it’s a more meaningful and passionate career. Proofreaders and copyeditors consistently earn between $500 and $5,000 per month, depending on how much they work. You can, too!
Editing Made Easy has given me the confidence and skills to start working as a freelance copyeditor. The course is well-paced, and there were plenty of opportunities to hone my newly acquired skills as I worked through the practice essays. The grammar section is the most comprehensive training I’ve come across. As a writer, I thought I had a pretty good understanding already, but I’ve learned so much more from this course.
You can tell a lot of thought and expertise has gone into designing the course. The flow is logical and each section is broken down into easily absorbed chunks. The support from Brie, who gave a timely response to any questions I had, really was the cherry on the cake.
I’ve taken a few other courses in editing but, upon completing them, have never felt very confident in my abilities. That’s all changed now that I’ve completed this course. With the help from the section on setting up your own business, I finally feel ready to go it alone.
Thank you so much. This course is worth every penny—and then some.
– Debbie Jacobs
After taking an online proofreading course and some online grammar classes, I did not feel prepared to work with clients. I felt like I knew corrections/changes that needed to be made, but was not able to explain the rules or reasons why if I was asked. And so, I was not moving forward. As I searched for another course, Brie suggested trying her editing course. Though I was skeptical, she answered my many questions, and I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed.
The Editing Made Easy course breaks down the many parts and rules of copyediting and proofreading and presents them through videos that provide both auditory and visual learning backed up by concrete examples of the many rules of the Chicago Manual of Style guide.
By the time I got to the practice section, I felt prepared to both complete these exercises and take on a client piece. One of my favorite things is the ability to go back to the videos and be able to find the rule, example, and Chicago Manual of Style reference for any questions I have in an easy-to-find format.
– Kim Hillman
I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot about proofreading and copyediting.
As you go through the course, you can tell Brie really knows her stuff. She will mention tidbits of information that will save you a lot of time and frustration. This information alone is worth the cost of the course.
– Angela Yang
If you’re ready to become a proofreader and copyeditor, but still have a few questions, then check out the answers to these frequently asked questions to learn more.
Great question! The short answer is this: proofreading is the last pass of a review. The document or book should have been edited for plot, grammar, syntax, and consistency already. Proofreading will catch typos, misspelled words, punctuation issues, and formatting errors.
Copyediting is the critical step before proofreading where a full grammatical review is completed along with checking facts, consistency, and punctuation. It’s actually the most important editing step. If a writer only chooses one kind of edit for their document, it should be a copyedit. We’ll go into this in much more detail in the course.
Copyeditors definitely make more than proofreaders, but there is no single answer or guarantee about how much you can make as a proofreader or copyeditor. This course is designed to provide the skills necessary to be successful, and there are endless ways to earn money depending on your effort and the time you put in. Each method takes some persistence, but the rewards are possible and proven, especially as a highly skilled copyeditor. This career can be a part- or full-time venture for you. For example, current copyeditors can earn anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 per month—or more!
The Editing Made Easy course includes an overview of the editing industry and how you would fit into it, video lessons on grammar and punctuation rules, and worksheets and practice essays to help you solidify what you learned. Each lesson has an area for students to ask questions and collaborate with other students in a centralized place. The Editing Academy team monitors these comments to answer questions as needed.
Then you’ll get to practice your new skills on documents from a variety of genres (fantasy, scientific, etc.). After that, you’ll learn how to start a freelance business, how to market yourself, how to find your first client, pro tips and tricks, and much more. Finally, you finish with the evaluation and certification for successful completion. It’s an all-inclusive grammar and business course at an unbeatable value to help you become a proofreader and copyeditor.
The grammar rules taught in the Editing Made Easy master course are industry-standard American English.
It is strongly recommended that you be fluent in oral and written English. This course is designed for native and fluent English speakers who understand common grammar and language nuances. It’s not a course about learning English grammar, but a course on how to apply editing rules to the written English language. A firm grasp of the English language and the differences between casual, professional, academic, and even dialects (to some degree) will be critical as a copyeditor.
Not for any editors we know! This is a career path for people who love to read, dive deep into the details of a project, and improve a work in progress. Though proofreading and copyediting involve the same detailed tasks, no two projects are the same. There is an endless supply of topics to edit from cryptocurrency to historical to fan fiction. Each project could be informative or entertaining to work on.
Yes! You work with your clients to come up with a deadline that works for each of you. If you only have time in the morning or evening, then schedule your jobs with enough time to complete them in the hours you have available. If you choose to work for a company, there are part-time jobs available that will also work with your schedule.
Just be an adult! This is a great career for almost anyone who is interested in earning part-time or full-time income from home. You might even want to hire on to a publishing house or company after you’ve gained some experience.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need an English degree to be a successful editor, though it’s a great stepping stone. You should be comfortable using your computer—PC or Mac. In this digital age, your clients will communicate through email, and you’ll edit documents digitally. Most importantly, you need a can-do attitude and an eye for detail! Learn more in our free minicourse!
Definitely. Of course, as with many online jobs, there are disreputable companies, but there are even more legitimate work-at-home proofreading and copyediting jobs. And there are more copyediting or editing jobs than even proofreading jobs. That’s why you’ll learn both skills in our proofreading and copyediting course. We’ll also help you learn how to avoid jobs with disreputable companies.
You’ve done your research! This is the fun part about words—things are always changing as our lexicons keep up with today’s world. The AP Stylebook recommends copy editor, many dictionaries state both copy editor and copyeditor, and the Chicago Manual of Style recommends copyeditor. Writing it as one word is becoming more common, and it matches how proofreader is written as well, so that’s how we’ve chosen to write it.
This is up to you. Depending on how much time you have available, you could complete this course in as little as 30 days or take as much time as you need. Once you purchase the course, you have lifetime access to your account and any updates to the course.
Since this is a self-paced course, we can only guarantee that you’ll have access to industry-standard editing rules and methods. It’s up to you if you choose to complete and certify in this course to earn money through work that you find. There are many opportunities available and avenues to chase, and you’ll get the best pro tips and tricks for landing your first job. At this time, students who complete at least 75 percent of the course can request a refund within 30 days.
Not at this time. We understand that every student is different and will have different interests and niches they want to pursue. We do make sure you are given the exact tools and steps that many other successful proofreaders and copyeditors have used to launch their freelance editing businesses (including our founder!), so you can feel confident as you venture into this new career.
This is one aspect we’re proud of here at the Editing Academy. We have created helpful video lectures that carefully walk students through each rule or concept, apply them to examples, then review the lesson before students move on to the homework. You aren’t paying for a course to teach yourself and feel like you’re floundering. We’re here to help you gain confidence and knowledge.
Most of the course lectures have a section for students to leave comments or questions for other students or an admin. You can also review any existing comments to see if it answers your question, too. A member of The Editing Academy team responds to all questions within 24 to 48 hours on business days.
At the end of all the course, you’ll have an option to complete an evaluation test at no additional cost. This evaluation will be graded by a member of The Editing Academy team to ensure the student has learned and applied the lessons from the course. Students who pass the evaluation successfully will receive an official certificate of graduation from The Editing Academy as a proofreader and copyeditor.