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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: ActionPrint Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952397471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952397472
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 0.7 x 29.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Entry-level Sourcebook for Newcomers to the Field
This entry-level sourcebook is aimed at those without experience in either the freelance field or the publishing industry. It contains an overview of the publishing process and the freelance's role within it; basic proofreading and copy-editing techniques; where and how to find work and training; and a series of instructional exercises which are both evaluative and educational. Purchasers are also granted access to information updates at the author's Website.

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121 of 123 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
I was slightly disappointed with the format (A4, quite plain-looking, and only 90 or so pages) of this book when it arrived, but on reading it I quickly revised my first impressions. This book gives a good introduction to copy-editing and proofreading, covering much that a would-be freelancer needs to know and it points you in the direction of other books and resources to obtain the rest of the necessary skills and knowledge. It is well written and it's even funny here-and-there. My husband kept asking what I was laughing at when I was reading it.
The topics covered include overviews of book production, copy-editing, and proofreading, how to make the first contact with a publisher, a list of publishers that use freelancers, and a number of exercises to help you learn the marks and skills you need.
I am definitely glad I bought this book and I will read it again before too long.
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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Traci Cornelius on 2 Mar 2004
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What an invaluable insight! I have used this book frequently as a reference guide while I have gone through the steps of starting up my proofreading business. It is easy to understand and is very practical. A must for any beginner.
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121 of 128 people found the following review helpful By COLIN W IBBERSON on 17 Oct 2001
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This book is worth every penny. It is packed full of useful information and if you are thinking of learning to become a proofreader or copyeditor you should buy this book right now.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar 2003
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I have found this book to be excellent in the support of my proofreading course as it supplies both "real world" information and referal data, a plus being it is also supported by a Web site with updated contact lists.
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106 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Nigel on 25 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
The explanation of the publishing process and of proofreading/copy-editing within it is quite useful for anyone unfamilar with this area. But when you read that a computer may be 'nice to play with but not essential' (p11) you realise that this book is hopelessly out-of-date. Advice on contacting potential clients is simplistic (be polite and friendly!). The exercises are the best part - getting a good proportion of them right does encourage you to believe you can do the job. Oh, and I spotted an error (p37 halfway down: the numerous howlers... testifies). Overall, there is a need for a complete re-write - or someone else to come up with a 21st century version.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By mandymellford@lineone.net on 15 Sep 2000
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This book is very helpful for getting you started on proof-reading and copy-editing. The layout is very good and it is written in a very easy to understand way. There is a mine of information and it takes you through the stages step-by-step. There are exercises with answers so that you can test your ability. The author writes in a friendly, yet professional manner. You can either read the book from cover to cover or just dip into it for the relevant information that you need. If you intend to go freelance this is the book you will need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gina Day on 19 Feb 2013
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This book is reasonably priced; very informative; an interesting read; gives useful insights into the way the publishing industry works - so is invaluable to a newcomer. Having already completed a proofreading course I was surprised at the amount of additional information included and particularly impressed with the detailed information regarding how to approach obtaining work. As this edition was reprinted in 1997,Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing: A Guide some information is naturally out-of-date; updates are available online as stated on page 5.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By gill@gmcardle.freeserve.co.uk on 29 Jan 2002
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A well written guide and a good investment for anyone who is considering a career in this field. I know it is a book that I will refer back to again and again and again.
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