Editorial Bootcamp

Professional training for editors, groups, and publishers

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.

Business of Editorial Freelancing, January 2014

Written By: laura - Nov• 18•13

By popular demand! This webinar will focus on freelance business building, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Finding and getting clients
  • Creating and marketing a niche
  • Setting rates and negotiating
  • Resumes, LinkedIn, and your website
  • Marketing, networking, social media
  • Building your business in a slow time
  • Client communication
  • Feedback
  • Your professional presence (branding, website, etc.)
  • Work tips and good practices
  • Tax tips

When: 5 Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4
Time: 1:30 to 2:45 pm EST
How: Via GoToMeeting
Cost: $200 per person

All students will have access to detailed handouts, full MP3 recordings, and video clips from the class, so you do not have to attend “live” as it is broadcast (in fact, many of our students only listen to recordings).

If you have already attended one our live events or webinar, you can save $50 off tuition; contact us for a coupon code before registering.

Register at our Registration page

Fundamentals of Copyediting webinar: November-December 2013

Written By: laura - Sep• 30•13

Fundamentals of Copyediting, a five-session webinar covering copyediting basics (with new updates), will begin on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, and once a week until December 3, 2013 (five Tuesdays). Class meets 3:30 pm to 4:45 EDT each Tuesday. 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
  • Quoted material
  • Querying
  • Editorial tests
  • Résumés
  • and more

Attendees will get pre-class reading and exercises, in-class demonstrations, student handbook, homework assessments, and resume 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 our Editorial Bootcamp LinkedIn group, if they are not already members.

Begins: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 3:30 pm Eastern
Ends: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 (5 sessions)
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 on our Registration page, and I will contact you about payment (check or Paypal is accepted).

Bootcamp in Rochester, NY, September 2013

Written By: laura - Jul• 17•13

The Editorial Bootcamp will be offering a Copyediting Intensive workshop on Sunday, September 29, 9 am to 3 pm, at the Rochester Plaza 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 2013 Communication Central conference, “Be a Better Freelancer: Marketing Magic and More for Your Business” in the same location, September 27 and 28. Register for both events for discounts.

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 event will be an intensive editorial training covering 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!