Editorial Bootcamp

Professional training for editors, groups, and publishers

EFA Course: Copyediting 101

Written By: laura - Sep• 30•14

We are pleased to announce that Editorial Bootcamp cofounder Laura Poole is teaching Copyediting 101 for the Editorial Freelancers Association in Fall 2014. Registration is open and you can read about the course at http://the-efa.org/eve/catalog.php (please forgive the lack of a hyperlink. WordPress does not want to cooperate with me right now)

This  is a five-week nonsynchronous webinar covering the basics of copyediting nonfiction. Find out how to assess manuscripts, prep them for editing, work effectively on screen, make smart choices, references and style guides, style sheets, word choice and grammar, how to keep the author’s voice, querying, fact checking, and much more. Get a solid foundation of skills for your editing career!

Because I’m offering this course for the EFA, I will not be offering the Fundamentals of Copyediting webinar this fall. This EFA course will cover about 80% of the same material. Please feel free to sign up there and interact with me through the course!

Please note: There are some other wonderful courses available through the EFA this fall, taught by some of my very skilled and knowledgeable editorial colleagues. Growing your skills is a terrific way to advance your career and business!

Editorial Bootcamp and Communication Central

Written By: laura - Jul• 16•14

The Editorial Bootcamp will be offering a Copyediting Intensive workshop on Sunday, September 28, 2014, 9 am to 3 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown hotel in Rochester, NY! This will be an intensive seminar focusing on the fundamentals of copyediting with some advanced topics as well!

The Copyediting Intensive immediately follows the 2014 Communication Central conference, “Be a Better Freelancer: (Re)Inventing Your Business” in the same location, September 26 and 27. Register for both events for discounts. (I’ll be co-presenting talks on “Creating Balance” and “Powering Up Your Presentations” at the conference.) This is a wonderful conference for building a freelance business, please consider attending.

Cost for bootcamp: $250 per person; $200 for conference attendees.

The registration form for this event is available here. (The bootcamp regsitration is on the last page.)

This Copyediting Intensive will cover fundamentals and advanced topics of nonfiction copyediting.

  • Reference and style guides
  • Author’s voice
  • Querying
  • Software
  • Style sheets
  • Notes and references
  • Tables and figures
  • Front- and backmatter
  • And more!

June-July 2014 webinar: Fundamentals of Copyediting

Written By: laura - May• 29•14

Fundamentals of Copyediting, a five-session webinar covering nonfiction copyediting basics, will begin on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, and meet once a week until July 23, 2014 (five Wednesdays). Class meets 12 noon to 1:15 EDT each time. All sessions are recorded and sent to students (MP3 audio, handout files, and video clips where appropriate). Topics:

  • What copyediting is and isn’t
  • Reference and style guides
  • Software
  • Style sheets
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation
  • Fact checking
  • Querying
  • Editorial tests
  • Résumés
  • and more

Attendees will get pre-class reading and exercises, in-class demonstrations, student handbook, homework assessments, and résumé review. Classes will be recorded and available to registered attendees later (you do not have to attend “live” as it is happening). Students may also join the Editorial Bootcamp LinkedIn group, if they are not already members.

Begins: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12 noon Eastern
Ends: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 (5 sessions)
Exception: Class that would normally be on 7/16 will be on 7/15 instead
1 hour, 15 minutes per session (estimated)
System: GoToMeeting (www.gotomeeting.com)
Attendees: 15 (max)
Cost: $200 per person (through PayPal or check)

You can register here. After registration, you will get a confirmation email, and then the first class handout and GoToMeeting invitation before the first class.

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Bootcamp: Raleigh, NC, May 17, 2014

Written By: laura - Apr• 11•14


Editorial Bootcamp

We are very pleased to announced our classic Copyediting Bootcamp, a full-day live seminar, scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Raleigh, NC.

The materials have been updated to keep pace with the rapidly changing publishing industry. You still get all the great value we offer through a hands-on training seminar about nonfiction copy editing. We cover how to get started, how to go about editing, tips and tricks, skills, work practices, business practices, and more.

The seminar covers the following topics (among others):

  • Overview of the publishing process, style and reference guides, software optimization, customization
  • Spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, fact checking, queries, author voice, style markup, style sheets, online tools, topic specialties.
  • Some advanced topics like notes, references, tables, and figures.
  • Work practices: tips and tricks, time management, communication, dealing with problems.
  • Business practices: Getting and keeping clients, resumes, sample edits, rates and billing, follow-up options, networking, professionalism, and deadlines.

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm
Crabtree Chiropractic Center meeting room, 4517 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
Cost: $250 per person (check or Paypal)

Check our Testimonials page to learn about what others have experience at our bootcamp.

For those who want to travel from out of town, there are two hotels very close to the event venue, and I will happily provide details for you.

You may register right here if you like. Please note: You will receive details for mailing in a check or a Paypal invoice once you have registered! Thank you!

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Editorial Bootcamp in San Diego, 3/15/14!

Written By: laura - Feb• 18•14

We are pleased to announce that the Editorial Bootcamp is coming to San Diego on March 15, 2014, for a full-day event! Sponsored and hosted by the San Diego Professional Editors Network, this event will cover core copyediting concepts and work and business practices!

Details: Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm

Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa
9710 Scranton Rd
San Diego, CA 92121

Registration is open to the public, but space is limited! Register here at Eventbrite. 


Just entering the editing field? Well established, but looking for a skill upgrade and professional development? Get whipped into shape at SD/PEN’s Editorial Bootcamp! You’ll go home with new muscle in:

  • The publishing process
  • Copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Work flow, time management, and ergonomics
  • Resume writing, getting clients, setting rates, negotiating, billing, and taxes
Plus, you’ll get:
  • Access to a private LinkedIn group for bootcamp alumni, where you can share what you know and learn from others
  • A 200-page manual filled with more information and resources
  • Catered lunch

NOTE: No need to bring a ticket.

We cannot offer refunds, but if you can’t attend at the last minute, you may send someone in your place–just let us know who.

We cannot accept registrations at the door due to the time necessary to print materials for registrants.