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The Keys to Effective Editing

Ask any published writer and you will hear that a good editor is not just helpful, but essential. If you aspire to be an editor, this copyediting course will teach you the fundamentals of top-notch editing for both fiction and nonfiction. If you're already working as an editor, you'll not only brush up on your skills, but will also learn about recent advances in your chosen profession. And, if you're a writer, you will learn essential self-editing tools to give your manuscripts the professional look that publishers like to see. 

From the language of editing to grammar, punctuation, and syntax to the all-important relationships between editor, author, and publisher, every facet of editing will be explored in this copyeditor course. Online editing is gaining popularity; its complexities will be unraveled and its advantages and pitfalls explored. Can you make a living as an editor? Tips and resources for finding work will be addressed at length. When you finish with this course, you will feel confident enough to tackle even the most complex of manuscripts.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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The Keys to Effective Editing Details + Objective

Course Code: kee

You Will Learn
  • Examine the roles of the copy editor and other editors who work within the publishing industry
  • Utilize the copy editors' symbols, try your hand at editing electronically, and practice editing PDFs
  • Discover the tools editors use to produce clarity and consistency
  • Apply the basics of grammar and punctuation that copy editors need to know
  • Learn to apply editing rules and guidelines for spelling, capitalization, and number usage
  • Recognize the rules governing abbreviations and hyphens, and discover the basics of bibliographies and copyright law
  • Identify the editing needs of tables, charts, and photos, and discover the components of front and back matter
  • Explore ways to build and maintain good editor-author-publisher relationships
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Take steps to establish and editing career
  • Become more confident in your ability to quickly and accurately edit any type of document
  • Learn skills that can help you become a better writer and communicator
The Keys to Effective Editing Outline
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Week 1

Learn about the different types of editors and exactly what their jobs entail. You’ll also explore the three levels of copyediting: light, medium, and heavy and be introduce to the five immutable laws of editing which are designed to make your life as a writer or editor easier. Then, learn the traditional copy editors' marks and how to use them as a sort of shorthand to fix errors.

Week 2

Gain a clear understanding of what tools you need to edit effectively and efficiently and where to find them. Then, get a refresher on the basics of grammar and punctuation as well as some of the more common related problems that arise in writing.

Week 3

Learn not only the rules but also the exceptions in the world of the world of spelling, capitalization, and numbers. Then, explore all the writing pitfalls that can leave readers in a state of confusion. You'll learn to recognize and fix garbled syntax, mixed metaphors, nominals, redundancies, overly wordy sentences, and more.

Week 4

Examine the rules that guide the use of abbreviations and hyphens. You’ll also dig into a less-glamorous but critical part of a manuscript: referencing quoted material. Then, learn how to edit such peripheral material as tables, charts, photos, and captions.

Week 5

Focus on fiction editing including how to analyze story problems. Then, examine how to keep life harmonious within the author-editor-publisher relationship.

Week 6

Learn about oddball words and phrases, the dos and don'ts of usage, and the many ways in which language is like a puzzle that's never finished. Finally, learn how to find work as an editor whether you want to begin a freelance career or are interested in a staff position.

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The Keys to Effective Editing Instructors
Jacquelyn Landis

Jacquelyn Landis holds a bachelor's degree and has worked as a nonfiction editor for over 15 years. Her editing repertoire includes books, articles, and business manuals written by best-selling authors such as Eva Shaw, George Carpozi, Anthony Robbins, Ken Druck, and Tom Blair. She has been a speaker in the UCSD Extension program and has participated in writing panels at the University of San Diego. Jacquelyn is also the author of numerous published books and magazine articles.

The Keys to Effective Editing Requirements / Prerequisites

Although this course will teach English grammar, punctuation, and style, you must be fluent in English and have a better-than-average spelling ability.

The Keys to Effective Editing Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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