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Copyediting and Proofreading For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Gilad
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Turn your knack for language into a lucrative career

Must-know techniques and resources for maximizing your accuracy and speed

Interested in becoming a copyeditor or proofreader? Want to know more about what each job entails? This friendly guide helps you position yourself for success. Polish your skills, build a winning résumé and land the job you've always wanted. Books, magazines, Web sites, corporate documents - find out how to improve any type of publication and make yourself indispensable to writers, editors, and your boss.

  • Balance between style and rules
  • Master the art of the query
  • Use proofreader symbols
  • Edit and proof electronic documents
  • Build a solid freelancing career


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From the Back Cover

Turn your knack for language into a lucrative career

Must-know techniques and resources for maximizing your accuracy and speed

Interested in becoming a copyeditor or proofreader? Want to know more about what each job entails? This friendly guide helps you position yourself for success. Polish your skills, build a winning résumé, and land the job you've always wanted. Books, magazines, Web sites, corporate documents — find out how to improve any type of publication and make yourself indispensable to writers, editors, and your boss.

  • Balance between style and rules
  • Master the art of the query

  • Use proofreader symbols

  • Edit and proof electronic documents

  • Build a solid freelancing career

About the Author

Suzanne Gilad is the founder of PaidToProofread.com. Over the course of ten years, Sue proofread or copyedited over 1,200 books for Random House, Simon & Schuster, John Wiley & Sons, St. Martin’s Press, Oxford University Press, and Workman Publishing, among others.
Illustrating firsthand that proofreading and copyediting can be profitable and fun while allowing additional pursuits, Sue is also a successful voice-over artist based in New York. You can hear her voice happily hawking products and playing characters on national and regional radio and television.
Thanks to some unexpected proofreading projects on personal finance a few years ago, a whole world of education in residual income opened for Sue. She wrote The Real Estate Millionaire (McGraw-Hill, 2005) with her husband, Boaz Gilad.
Sue currently leads seminars on multiple streams of income, and her latest passion is to teach financial freedom. Sue’s next book is the story of the creation of 15 millionaires in five years. Visit www.SueGilad.com to learn more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10743 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OC01A4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proofread your way to the top May 2, 2007
Format:Paperback
Of all the copyediting and proofreading books out there, only Suzanne

Gilad manages to offer both a sense of humor and accessibility to this usually dry topic. Not only does the book contain solid insider's tips about the publishing world and how to navigate it, but it also offers those with a passion for reading the guidelines on how to turn their hobby into a freelance career.

The book presents the core proofreading symbols, examples of how to use them properly, and the nuts and bolts of copyediting. From formatting a manuscript to understanding the different terms in the publishing world, the book is full of information that can actually be applied in the real world. With tangible examples and models to go by, Gilad suggests ways to land yourself the first job and to continue building your resume.

Imbued all over with the author's obvious enthusiasm, Proofreading and Copyediting for Dummies is an incredible resource for anyone interested in improving their language skills and using them to make a living through reading.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great proofreading resource October 8, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been doing some freelance proofreading work, but I didn't know how much I still had to learn until reading this book! Sue Gilad has a lot of information: everything from grammar rules and spelling mistakes to the differences between copyediting and proofreading (glad SOMEONE could finally pinpoint the differences!). This book is clearly written and a wonderful resource. The only thing I think it could have improved upon was the section for finding freelance jobs. In Gilad's online book Paid to Proofread (paidtoproofread[dot]com), she offers more in-depth suggestions about creating a resume from zilch, and also offers more info about approaching editors. On the other hand, the Dummies book contains way more information about resources and grammar. All in all, this is the most comprehensive and clearly written book on proofreading I've read.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have reference May 9, 2007
By Lizzy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent resource for anyone who has copyediting/proofreading skills and wants to turn them into a profession. I am embarking on a freelance career and this book has been invaluable (there are chapters specifically dealing with freelancing). I will return to it again and again for guidance as I get my bearings in the world of freelance copyediting and proofreading!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for getting a business off the ground May 13, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book was so helpful for me in starting my business in online editing. I originally bought it just to brush up on my proofreading and editing skills, but reading the book helped me to understand so much more about how to make money doing it. I'd highly recommend it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific resource! June 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is easy-to-read, straightforward, and so informative. I've been able to build my at-home business as a freelance proofreader much more quickly than I anticipated; all thanks to this invaluable resource! Learning the ins and outs of copyediting and proofreading is made simple, quick, and fun.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, a must have book! May 14, 2007
By Stella
Format:Paperback
Wow! Who thought copyediting and proofreading would be fun! This book has powerful knowledge with an enthusiastic entertaining tone. Shows examples and direction on the subject to get you started immediately. This is a must read, highly recommended book!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book I So Did NOT Expect to Love May 18, 2007
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book not knowing it was new, and, boy, was I surprised by its depth and scope. A collector of word-nerdy goodness, I wouldn't have expected this book to be so entertaining. I definitely recommend it to anybody who hopes to augment their current careers with editing, or possibly spin off into a business of their own.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good proofreading tips, but be *very* careful... May 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I ordered this book because I thought I could make some money on the side through becoming a freelance proofreader. This book claims it will help you do just that, and to be honest, it does offer some good advice on how proofreading and copyediting is done. However, I have some issues with the advice given on how to build a freelancing career, mainly where the author, Ms. Gilad, suggests searching out writers' websites and advertising your services in their forums. Well, where I come from, that's called "spamming," and as I found out the hard way, most legitimate writers' forums don't take kindly to spam posts. I tried it according to Ms. Gilad's instructions, and I got a stinging slap on the wrist from a highly respected writing site. Don't make the same mistake. If you want good proofreading advice, fine; if you're looking for career advice, look elsewhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for newbies!
Great and easy to understand writing style. No griping, and the positive tone is infectious.
Published 11 days ago by Brian Weeks
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
A must read reference book for every aspiring writer.
Published 15 days ago by Joanne Clancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
On time and of promised quality.
Published 21 days ago by Julie D Scherer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
This book lays the stepping stones to an independent life as a freelance copywriter or proofreader making a good living. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Carollo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start and use as desk reference.
I was put off by this book belonging to the For Dummies line of material. I figured that I would buy it as a starting place and work into more difficult books from there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Zarbock
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it today.
Glad to get it and look forward to reading it. I really don't like being told how many words to do.
Published 7 months ago by Donna Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful source for proofreaders
I am thinking of a second career as a freelance proofreader and this book was very useful with that goal.
Published 8 months ago by June Robb
5.0 out of 5 stars A good primer for starting a career in copyediting and proofreading
I found it helpful even though I live outside the US.

It was fun to read and revealed a few tricks of the trade. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ilana
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
You will get everything you need to become a successful copy editor and proofreader. There are exercises to get your skills as sharp as you can get them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Denise Borum, JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fun read! It never felt like work!
This book really answered all my questions in a reader friendly, playful style that felt more like a fun book than work! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rory James
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