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The Pocket Book of Proofreading: A guide to freelance proofreading & copy-editing by [Critchley, William]
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From the Publisher

The Pocket Book of Proofreading is just right. It offers so much more for much less. Learn the secrets of successful proofreading and freelancing for publishers, and how to earn extra income from home.

The optional instant file download (PDF) is a professional three-part proofreading and copy-editing course with free extra exercises. Uses BS 5261C:2005 (marks for copy preparation and proof correction).

The Pocket Book of Proofreading offers a comprehensive overview of freelancing for publishers and working as a freelance proofreader.

Note: If this book were simply turned into A4 pages and made into a proofreading and editing course (which in fact it actually was originally), it would make a course that could be sold at the same price as existing proofreading courses on the market. Hence the value of this popular book.

From the Author

The Pocket Book of Proofreading contains 262 pages and is complete as it is. You don't really need anything more. If you are keen to learn more, however, the book tells you how to access a new downloadable proofreading and copy-editing course with FREE extra exercises (approximately 170 A4 pages, making a total of 432 pages!). It's all you need.

Learn Freelancing and its associated website offers a professional and comprehensive proofreading course, and you can learn about copy-editing too.

Many people have been successful as a result of taking this proofreading and editing course, and have found regular work as freelances, working from home full or part time, or are now working in-house for publishing companies.

There is competition naturally, so you need the best possible start. You'll find this with The Pocket Book of Proofreading.
NOTE: the book was proofread and copy-edited by a distinguished advanced member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), so you can sure of the quality and relevance of this material.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3749 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: First English Books; First edition (17 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HJ6UAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Read this book, cover to cover. I wanted to learn how to edit my own writing thus my writing skills would improve. How to brevities and omit unnecessary words. It doesn't teach this. However, it's an interesting read.
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This is about as detailed as you can get although a more recent edition is due.
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This is a great little book full of invaluable information - and not just about proofing. You'll find chapters on publishing, grammar, house styles and all sorts of interesting stuff (assuming you find stuff to do with writing interesting).

It comes (as the name suggests) in a nice sized, manageable format, that is easy to dip in and out of as and when is needed - no heavy Oxford publication here!

It includes charts of all the proofreading marks and symbols and provides practical examples of how to use them correctly. There's exercises to do and whole book is written in a clear and fun style - making a book that could have easily been hard-going actually quite enjoyable to read.

You'll find out everything you need to know about the subject in its pages, including the history of some of the language. For instance I had always come across 'stet' scribbled in margins, and although I knew it meant not to interfere or alter the copy on the page I didn't know it was actually Latin for, 'Let it stand'... until now.

The book also offers practical tips on how to break into proofing as a career with online support too, so you really do get quite a lot from this little book; it really does offer quite a lot of bang for your buck!

The book is a complete start-to-finish on the subject, written by someone who obviously knows what he's on about, so if you want to know anything about the subject - or are considering breaking into it as a career - this is the book for you.
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This book gives good hints on writing you do not find in other books. Following the principles from this book will chang your riting for ever and make you communicate beter. If you want to buy a book with this intent, take this.
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This book grabs you from the first page. It is written with light-heartedness, but also explains the difficulties of finding work as a proofreader. Very informative and inspiring. If you want to take up proofreading forget all the other books and expensive courses, buy this and the accompanying course, (details of which are within the book).
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I have been "doing a bit" of proofreading and copy-editing over the years. I have paid over two hundred pounds for a correspondence course and bought several hallowed tomes on the subject.

William Critchley has done a fantastic job of writing this excellent book. It covers everything I did on my correspondence course and brought the material fully up to date. It is a much friendlier read than some of the other books I have read on the subject.

There really is everything you need to become or improve as a freelance proofreader or copy-editor. The online material is an excellent adjunct to the book (and is very reasonably priced.) There is even email support should you require help.

There is a wealth of knowledge from someone who really has been there and done that! I highly recommend this fantastic resource and I shall refer to mine often.
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I read the book cover to cover a couple of times and very impressed with it. However, when I went on the website to download the course, I couldn't find the links for it. I've written to William to ask for the links but nothing as yet.
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