Proofreading: A MUST for Newbie Writers
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Proofreading: A MUST for Newbie Writers

How to Self-Edit and Save Money
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Created by Leva Styles
Last updated 6/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 22 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will learn how to proofread and self-edit their books and why it's so important.
  • Although a sample will be provided, having 2 to 5 pages of your own writing is recommended to identify some of your habits.

Have you finished your book? Ready to publish a blog? Releasing website content? Before you press that submit button and reveal your writing to the world, be sure to proofread and self-edit your material.  Writers are often eager to publish and don't take the steps necessary to ensure that their writing presents themselves professionally.  When you publish, you tell the world who you are! Be sure that you are telling them you are the expert not just in the content (the what), show this in the quality (the how).

Who this course is for:
  • Independent Authors, Writers, Newbie Writers, Self-Publishers
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 01:21:07
+ Introduction
3 lectures 09:02

Welcome, instructor introduction, and why this course is for YOU!

Preview 03:02

A summary of the contents of this course including: why you must self-edit, and the types of edit work (including proofreading).

Preview 03:07

The materials/resources needed and used during this course, as well as the types of exercises to expect.

Pre-requisites, Exercises and Resources
This Course is For You
1 question
+ Why You MUST Self-Edit Your Book
2 lectures 06:42

The rationale for why you should self-edit as a newbie author and reason 1.

Why You MUST Self-Edit Your Book - Reason 1

Other reasons you should self-edit your book.

Why You MUST Self-Edit Your Book Reasons 2 & 3
Self-Editing is a MUST
1 question
+ The Mystery of Editing: Types of Edit Work
4 lectures 16:02

Introducing the types of edit work and a resource to leverage.

Preview 03:35

Although optional, I highly recommend the manuscript evaluation is to make sure your book is on track.

The developmental edit is when the author has not fully developed and documented his/her idea.

Manuscript Evaluation & the Developmental Edit

Substantive, content or line-by-line edit are terms used to describe the edit that evaluates the organization of the book.

The copy edit is the phase where most of the grammar, and spelling checks occur.

Content/Line-by-Line Edit & the Copy Edit

The last edit stage is proofreading.  Many use the term "proofreading" loosely, as though it means the entire editing process of the book. 

Types of Edit Work
1 question
+ What Edit Do You Need
3 lectures 11:16

Now that you know the types of edit work, you can better determine the type of edit you need.

What Edit Do You Need?

Understanding an editor's pricing model will help you recruit the best editor for you.

Understanding Price

Let's try calculating the price of one editor.

Calculating Price
Calculate Price
1 question
+ How to Review Your Work
6 lectures 26:41

A great way to begin editing your book is to start with a review of your title, subtitles and themes.

Review Titles and Themes

Several free editing tools exist to assist with reviewing your book.  Microsoft's Editor and Grammarly are just a couple.

Use Free Editing Tools
Editing Tools
1 question

Remove redundancies and filler words that can weigh down your book.

Checklist: Remove Redundancies and Filler Words

Strengthen your book by adjusting the way nouns and verbs are used.

Checklist: Enhance Noun and Verb Phrases

Improve the readability of your book by verifying punctuation and capitalization.  Don't forget in-text citations and your works cited page.

Checklist: Check Punctuation and Cite References

These are the final items on the checklist.  After this slide, go to Assignment 1. View the Sample Work Unedited, then the Edited version, then the Finalized version.

Checklist: Character Speaking & Review, Review, Review
Use this "Checklist" and either 2 to 5 pages of your book, or the "Sample Work - Unedited" provided for you.
Checklist for Newbie Writers & Self-Publishers
1 question

Checklist for Editing

1 question
+ Recruit a Professional Editor
4 lectures 11:24

Here are some tips for recruiting an outstanding editor.

Recruit a Professional Editor

You've learned a lot during this course.  Let's review!

Preview 01:55



Thank you for tuning in to the entire course.  As a bonus, I'm providing a detailed version of the checklist. Some like an actual checklist. Others want more details, what I described during the lecture.  There is also a brief lecture on the need for multiple editors and another on "good" editor tactics.