Become a More Effective Copyeditor

Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Improve Your Copyediting
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Published 7/2016 English

Course Description

This course, “Become a More Effective Copy Editor,” provides tips and tricks for improving the quality and efficiency of editing text. It is designed for people who edit written material, either on a freelance or full-time basis. I have worked as a copyeditor for more than twenty years and have completed nearly 200 book-length projects. In the process, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, tried a lot of tools, and developed a workflow that is effective, and I’d like to pass along to you some of what I’ve learned. Note, however, that the course does NOT teach you how to become a copy editor or provide information about the mechanics of editing. Instead, this course focuses on how to use available tools to do your job more effectively. While I usually work on a Mac, I’ve done my best throughout to describe comparable software on both Mac and Windows platforms. In some cases, the tools are only available on one platform, as is the case, for instance, with some of the Word add-ons, which are only available for PC. The course is divided into five units. The first looks at  tips and tricks for improving your workflow in Microsoft Word. The second emphasizes  strategies for improving the quality and efficiency of your editing, highlighting some software packages and other tools. The third focuses on time tracking, creating focus, and increasing productivity. The fourth identifies various tools for working with files. And the final unit looks at a variety of online resources that are available and some tricks for accessing them more quickly. Thanks for joining me; I look forward to working with you in the coming days!

What are the requirements?

  • You should already be familiar with the process of copyediting using a computer. The tips, tools, and strategies apply to both Mac and Windows. Some sections of the course presume access to Microsoft Word.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use technology to edit more efficiently and effectively
  • Use Microsoft Word add-ins to improve the quality of their editing
  • Track time, increase productivity, and maintain focus
  • Manage files safely and transmit them to clients confidentially
  • Access online editing resources...

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for both new and experienced copyeditors. I hope that all who participate will find ideas for making their work as a copyeditor easier and more effective. Note that the course will not teach you to be a copyeditor.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Overview
02:16

This course, “Become a More Effective Copyeditor,” provides tips and tricks for improving the quality and efficiency of editing text. It is designed for people who edit written material, either on a freelance or full-time basis. This video provides an overview of the course. 

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Section 2: Use Microsoft Word More Effectively
01:17

In this unit I’ll discuss a number of the shortcuts for Microsoft Word that I’ve found most useful and show you how to add them to your computer. This video provides an overview of the unit.

04:54

This video guides you through the process of adding keyboard shortcuts in Word for Mac. In particular, I suggest adding shortcuts for moving through changes—moving to the next or previous change, accepting changes, and rejecting changes. In addition, I show you how to add a keyboard shortcut for adding comments, if that is part of your editing workflow.

05:33

This video guides you through the process of adding keyboard shortcuts in Word 2013 for Windows. In particular, I suggest adding shortcuts for moving through changes—moving to the next or previous change, accepting changes, and rejecting changes. In addition, I show you how to add a keyboard shortcut for adding comments, if that is part of your editing workflow.

05:17

This video guides you through the process of adding keyboard shortcuts to change from draft to page layout views and to toggle between a marked-up version of the text and a proposed "final" version.

06:49

This video, for Word for Windows 2013, guides you through the process of adding keyboard shortcuts to change from draft to page layout views and to toggle between a marked-up version of the text and a proposed "final" version.

Section 3: Improve the Consistency and Quality of Your Editing
01:01

This video, for Word for Windows 2013, guides you through the process of adding keyboard shortcuts to change from draft to page layout views and to toggle between a marked-up version of the text and a proposed "final" version.

09:00

In this video I demonstrate how to use File Cleaner and Puller, two Microsoft Word add-ins from the Editorium, and describe some of the features of Editor's Toolkit. All of these resources provide tools to make our lives as editors easier. 

04:03

This video describes how to use PerfectIt! by Intelligent Editing, which is a Microsoft Word add-in available for Windows. PerfectIt! employs a series of tests to ensure consistency in editing, including consistent use of hyphenation, consistent spelling and capitalization of terms, and so on. 

01:39

This brief video introduces a couple of additional resources to help editors use Microsoft Word more effectively and efficiently. 

05:13

Perhaps the most valuable tool for improving the consistency of your editing is a well-constructed style sheet. The goal of the style sheet is to document all of the particular editing decisions that you have made in the project. In this video I describe my own style sheets and provide a few pointers for creating your own.

03:28

Checklists provide an easy way to offload some of the knowledge and skill acquired over time and are an effective way to assure that all of the steps in the editing process have been completed successfully. In this video I describe how checklists can improve editing consistency.

Section 4: Track Time, Improve Focus, and Increase Productivity
00:44

This unit shows you how to use technology to track your time editing, improve your focus, and increase your overall productivity. 

06:41

An important aspect of freelance work is tracking time spent editing. Such tracking is important for billing and it is also important for improving your editing efficiency. This video explores various options for tracking time as you edit. 

07:14

One of the most difficult parts of editing is staying focused. This video identifies two strategies that have been very helpful for me. The first is a pattern of focused works and breaks; the second is a music subscription service designed to improve focus. 

08:08

Snippet expansion tools allow you to type shortcuts that then automatically expand into larger pieces of text. This video describes several options and demonstrates how to implement the built-in system in macOS. In addition, I demonstrate how to use window management apps to set up your computer desktop.

Section 5: Work with Files
00:44

This unit demonstrates a number of tools for working with files, transferring files to clients, backing up your work, and keeping track of the number of words in files and folders.

04:50

If you work as a copyeditor, you work with files. And you probably need ways to move files from one place to another, from one computer to another, for instance, and from you to the client. There are a number of ways of doing this, and in this video I’ll discuss a couple of tools that I’ve found quite useful.

04:29

It’s very important to backup your files. Probably you’ve heard this over and over again, but it’s true. If you back up your files regularly, then you’ll never need to worry about losing your work. There are several different approaches to backup, and this video shows you how to implement them

04:40

Whether you charge by the word, the page, or the hour, it is still useful to know the size of a project before you begin. In this video you'll learn how to use the Word Counter app and Scrivener to count words in a group of files. 

Section 6: Access Additional Online Resources
00:39

In this unit you'll learn about several online resources and how to use them to address editing dilemmas, to check facts, and to fix spelling errors.

02:18

Online style guides and dictionaries can streamline the process for figuring out how to address particular editing quandaries. This video highlights some of the most useful such resources. 

05:58

In this video, you'll learn how to use Alfred, a "launcher" app for Mac, to streamline searches on Google, WorldCat, Amazon, and more. I'll also describe how to use online search sites to quickly obtain information for use in editing.

Section 7: Conclusion
01:00

This video provides a brief summary of the course material. 

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Instructor Biography

Jeremy Rehwaldt, Freelance Copyeditor with Twenty Years of Experience

I’m Jeremy Rehwaldt, PhD, the owner of Introspection Editing. Over the past twenty years I have copyedited nearly two hundred book-length manuscripts, including scholarly journals, novels, discipline-specific monographs, high school curricula, and how-to manuals.

In addition, as a college professor at a small university in the Midwest, I have spent fifteen years working with undergraduate students in writing-intensive courses. My work in the nonprofit sector—as a community organizer, grantwriter, editor, and board member for organizations addressing a range of social issues—provides yet another perspective from which to approach the written word.

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