What if you could acquire the same skills and knowledge professional proofreaders have so you can take your passion for words and start working as a proofreader?
The truth? You can.
Does any of this sound familiar? You…
Love words and have a natural talent with them.
You'd love to spend all day working with words. The English language has so many rules and guidelines. You know you need to gain more skills in order to do it on a professional level.
Want a job that fulfills you. You spend 9-5 wishing you were doing something you really enjoy. If only you could work on your terms and set your own schedule.
Want more freedom and flexibility. You have other things in life you want to focus on. You have family and friends you wish you could spend time with, but can’t because you’re locked in an inflexible work schedule.
Want to make the right decision. You want to learn exactly what you need to know so you can hit the ground running. Learn from someone who has 15+ years of proofreading experience and who's always in touch with the latest developments in the industry.
Already work with clients who create content. Why can't you proofread their text as an extra service? Think of the extra business you could do!
Want to earn extra income. Life isn't cheap and starting a side hustle as a freelance proofreader fits perfectly into your schedule.
Did you identify with any (or all) of the above? Great. You’re in the right place!
What is Proofreading Pro?
Proofreading Pro is a comprehensive course that teaches you:
- Proofreading skills so you can fix the most common errors in a variety of content
- Light copyediting skills so you can meet client expectations and work on a wider range of projects
- Business skills so you can freelance, work in-house, or upgrade your business's services
- Marketing skills to help you find work and attract clients to you
- Industry best practices because every proofreader should do their due diligence
- The importance of content creation, industry trends, and how to work with content creators
Learn the two most important proofreading & copyediting tasks:
1) Preserving the writer's voice
2) Maintaining style
A Module Just For Books
Proofreading a fiction or nonfiction book requires special editorial tools and knowledge of copyediting skills. Traditional and self-published books follow fundamental editorial guidelines, but each have their own considerations. Drawing from over 15 years working in book publishing, I share my tips, best practices, and insights so you can approach books with a seasoned eye. Fiction books also have their own editorial considerations that are addressed.
There is no other course like Proofreading Pro on the market. It offers more value compared to editors' associations, Udemy, and other online proofreading courses.
Learn copyediting skills because the market demands it.
Many of today's entrepreneurs and content creators require proofreaders who have knowledge of some copyediting skills. That's because a proofreader has to do more than fix typos and punctuation, and there are other elements in content that proofreaders are required to look at.
Books also require proofreaders to put on copy editors' hats. There's a reason why copyediting is called "high-end proofreading."
It doesn't mean your job will get any harder—in fact, learning copyediting skills is quite effortless! It's a natural progression from proofreading.
Who is Proofreading Pro for?
Beginners and people with some experience proofreading. If you want to meet the skills that today's content demands, this course will give you the necessary proofreading and light copyediting skills you need to work on the most common issues, no matter where you're starting from.
People who want to meet current job requirements. As content creation has grown, clients are asking for proofreaders who can go beyond traditional proofreading duties. Sometimes proofreading positions are labelled as "copyediting" or "editing."
People who want to do an excellent job. Proofreading is more than opening up a project and reading. There are editorial tools, processes, and industry trends that every proofreader should know in order to make clients happy.
People who are serious about proofreading. Why? Because it takes dedication and hard work, regardless if you're looking to start a side hustle, freelance from anywhere, or work in-house. Learn from someone who knows the industry inside and out.
Who is Proofreading Pro NOT for?
“Get rich quick” seekers. This course isn’t for people who think the course will guarantee you an immediate high-paying job. You have to put in the work to see results, and this course is to educate you, not act as a recruiter. I’ll teach you how to market yourself and find work, as well as how to communicate and work with publishers and content creators.
“Know-It-Alls.” It’s great you already have a natural talent with words, but are you willing to let go of assumptions and learn? The English language can be tricky, so you can never assume there’s only one way to do something. Also, learn rules and guidelines so you know when to break the rules.
Proofreading & Copyediting Expert, Founder of Art of Proofreading
Meet Your Instructor
Hi there, I’m Phon Baillie! I'm a freelance proofreader and editor with over 15 years of experience who also teaches proofreading and copyediting. I work for clients like writers, entrepreneurs, brands, businesses, and content creators in various industries. To date, I’ve proofread over 1500 books and counting! As an ecourse instructor, I pass on the necessary skills and knowledge you need to meet clients' expectations and to work with today's content.
Because I proofread and edit for clients on a daily basis, I have firsthand insight into the latest developments in proofreading and content. As a result, you're kept up-to-date with the latest skill requirements.
Proofreading Pro will give you the same skills myself and other seasoned professionals have.
You can take the course and be confident that you have what it takes.
If you have any questions about Proofreading Pro or Art of Proofreading, feel free to send me a message! I reply to every email personally :)
Module 1: Intro To Proofreading & Copyediting
Module 2: Common Mechanical Errors & How To Fix Them
Module 3: Formatting, Proofreaders' Marks, Proofreading Graphics & Art, Industry Terms
Module 4: Style Sheets, How To Use Style Guides
Module 5: Proofreading With Editing Programs
Module 6: Working With Diverse Content
Module 7: Books & Self-Published Books
Module 8: Project Management, Client Communications, How To Market Yourself
Bonus module 1: Social Media Marketing
Bonus module 2: How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome
View the course syllabus: ProofreadingPro_CourseOutline.pdf
- course workbook
- video tutorials
- proofreading exercises
- final graded proofreading assignment
Students will have exclusive access to The Learning Hub after course completion, where you'll be able to further develop your skills with more exercises and material.
Upon successfully completing your final graded assignment, you'll receive a certificate of completion and be included in the Art of Proofreading Proofreaders' Directory.
14-Day Money-Back Guarantee
I'm confident you'll love this course, but if for some reason you don't, then I'll gladly give you a full refund within 14 days of enrolling.
What students have to say about Proofreading Pro
"Phon’s knowledge and experience really shows — she shares a lot of invaluable information and insight from her personal experience in the industry. Compared to other proofreading material and workshops I’ve taken in the past, she really does teach you what you need to know. My clients were excited I could offer them more. When I proofread my first project, I was surprised by how effortless it felt to me!" — Ann H.B., freelance graphic designer & proofreader
I took Phon’s free introductory course, and decided to take the plunge and enrolled in Proofreading Pro. I’m tired of my office job, and have always secretly wanted to work for myself, and I’ve always been able to spot mistakes in the books I read. I really like how the lessons were released slowly because I felt it was manageable. When I started applying to jobs I realized why Phon teaches us copyediting skills—because people require you to know a lot! Take the course, you won’t regret it. I’m finally on my way to setting up my freelance business and being free of my cubicle. — Michael S.
I didn’t want to go back to work after having my third child. I wanted to stay home and raise the kids, but I wanted to help out financially. Proofreading Pro taught me exactly what I needed to know, and prepared me for the reality and demands of proofreading. I did some proofreading work in my old career, and this course has definitely improved my skills and taught me things I didn't know! — Jennifer M.
Proofreading Pro consists of 8 modules plus 2 bonus modules. The course material is paced, and will be released every five days, two modules at a time.
The instructor is readily available to answer questions and to offer advice.