The Pocket Book of Proofreading: A guide to freelance proofreading & copy-editing: A Guide to Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing Paperback – Unabridged, 1 Jul 2007
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
It makes for a good read and whilst being entertaining and stimulating you won't realise you are learning!
Although it is written in a slightly informal,almost quirky style,it delivers its message thoroughly,concisely and unambiguously.
The chapters on finding work,contacts,business tips etc. are invaluable.I will certainly be following Mr William Critchley's advice.
Overall it is a mine of great information,a reference book to cherish.
As the title suggests, this is a pocket book and readers are advised to purchase further reference books if entering into proofreading professionally. Critchley provides plenty of information about which are the best to buy, especially when just starting out.
In addition, he provides a downloadable set of online proofs on which to practise. I haven't used these yet so, again, can't comment on them, but this certainly sounds like a useful and effective tool. There may be a charge attached to them but I'm not sure.
Overall, I really would recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out about the world of proofreading as it not only deals with it theoretically but is an educational tool, complemented by anecdotes from Critchley's own experience. The author is honest and writes accessibly. He (very wisely) won't get your hopes up about becoming a successful freelance proofreader, but he will definitely point you in the right direction.
An excellent buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is about as detailed as you can get although a more recent edition is due.Published 3 months ago by bikesmna
My position requires to present a number of research papers each year. As a professional, I believe the quality of my work is judged not only on the material presented, but on its... Read morePublished 6 months ago by PR Stempel
Bought this book based on the amazon reviewers and so far superly satisfied. In fact, I bring it while travelling as reference for my proofreading works.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not used yet but what I am looking for to use as part of forthcoming course on proof readingPublished 10 months ago by catherine smith
As far as I can tell this book covers every topic a proof reader need know of, which is a lot! That's why the index is so useful; long after I'd finished the book I would refer... Read morePublished 12 months ago by David J
I only see only one "particular problem" with this book: it has to be read from cover to cover, or else it is ineffective as a "viable work" on profreading. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jon Byrne
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. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Finn Edler von Eyben