New webinar: Editing on PDF (June-July 2015)

Editorial Bootcamp is excited to announce a new webinar on Editing on PDF by featured guest instructor Adrienne Montgomerie. Adrienne has developed a very thorough, very hands-on course on editing PDFs using Adobe’s tools (Reader and Acrobat). This will be a five-session webinar with lots of demonstration, exercises, and even interactive work with feedback during the session. There will also be companion documents and self-check exercises for students. Adrienne’s trainings on editing on PDF usually sell out, and we are absolutely thrilled for her to teach this sought-after course for us!

The webinar will cover the following topics and more (see the full syllabus at Adrienne’s blog):

  • Markup, drawing, and annotation tools
  • Using (and creating) stamps
  • Quality control
  • Compiling comments from multiple reviewers
  • Linking content internally and to other files/websites
  • Advanced tools and production-like skills

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Details and Registration

When: Begins Tuesday June 23, runs for 5 consecutive Tuesdays (June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21)

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

Via: GoToMeeting (invitation will be issued to all registered attendees)

Cost: $200 per person

Register now to reserve your space!

  • Price: $200.00

All classes will be recorded and full digital copies of materials will be available for download by all registered students, so you do not have to attend “live” as the class is broadcast.

About Adrienne

Adrienne Montgomerie

Adrienne Montgomerie

Instructor Adrienne Montgomerie has been teaching editors to master editing on-screen for four years. Publishers such as Pearson, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and HarperCollins are the mainstay of her 18-year-old freelance editing business. For her writing about editing, check the Copyediting.com blog and the Right Angels and Polo Bears podcast.

 

System/ Software Requirements

  • Adobe Reader DC (free), or Acrobat DC Standard or Pro
  • website access
  • GoToMeeting (downloads automatically when you connect to the first class)

A free trial version of Acrobat Standard or Pro DC can be used to test the advanced features in the final lesson. (Note that versions 9 and X/XI look very different than DC, so they are not suitable). The Standard or Pro versions of Adobe Acrobat DC can be used instead of the free Reader version, though I emphasize that you don’t have to buy any software to complete this course.

The program works nearly identically on a Mac and a PC, so you may not notice a difference at all. Just some of the keyboard shortcuts are different (cmd vs. ctrl key).

Prerequisites

Those who come in with some efficiency at using computers will get the most out of this course. So now is the time to brush up on these skills:

  • proofreader’s marks
  • file creation and management
  • menu options and navigation
  • mousing and keyboard navigation
  • basic word processing functions such as cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting

Baltimore Bootcamp, October 14, 2012

It’s less than a month away, and spaces are still available! Register now!

An intensive skills workshop on the basics of copyediting plus some advanced topics.

When: Sunday, October 14, 2012, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland (1000 Aliceanna Street)

Costs: $250 per person; $200 for attendees of the Communication Central Conference

BONUS! The bootcamp workshop piggybacks the Communication Central Conference, “Be a Better Freelancer! Resources for a Successful Editorial Business,” happening in the same location on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. Bootcamp attendees get a discount on conference registration. Laura is involved in the Communication Central conference, so come to Baltimore for the whole weekend to grow your business and improve your skills!

Register here (Note, it’s a 3-page form, the bootcamp registration is the third page; you do not have to register for both events)

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!

Registration is open, reserve your spot today!

Fundamentals of Copyediting Webinar: September-October 2012

Fundamentals of Copyediting, a five-session webinar covering copyediting basics, will begin on Monday, September 17, and run through Monday, October 15. Class meets 1:30 pm EST to 2:45 EST each Monday. 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
  • Markup
  • Style sheets
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation
  • Fact checking
  • Notes and references
  • 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.

Details:
Begins: Monday, September 17, 1:30 pm EST
Ends: Monday, October 15, 2011 (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 may register simply by emailing me and asking for a space in the class. I will send you a PayPal invoice, or you may mail in a check.

Fiction Editing webinar, May 2012

Fiction Editing Boot Camp with Alice Osborn

Location: Online Webinar Series (Call numbers for Go To Meeting will be provided upon registration)

Three consecutive Tuesdays: May 15, 22, and 29 from 3 to 4:15 pm EDT

Cost: $149
Register Online here:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=wzy8uocab&oeidk=a07e5tl1j0l43a1e2ee

This intensive online workshop series is for editors and writers who are interested in breaking into freelance fiction editing or who want to advance their skills. This is a healthy marketplace for novelists submitting to agents or directly to the marketplace through self-publishing–they need editors and this class will teach you how to be a successful freelance fiction editor! This three-week series will cover the publishing process and will give you confidence with specific editing concerns such as timelines, characters, point of view, revision, and more. Also, students will gain more confidence with copyediting, rewriting, logic, flow, voice, point of view, characterization, setting, and more. On the freelance business end, we’ll also discuss time management, communication, and other smart business practices. This webinar series will be recorded so you won’t miss the lesson if you cannot make the “live” class.

 

Besides being a successful freelance fiction editor, Alice Osborn has her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from NC State, is a former English teacher and current creative writing teacher and is the author of three books of poetry. In addition, she is also the editor an upcoming fiction anthology from Main Street Rag.

Bootcamp Scheduled: March 24, 2012!

We’re back! After a break from live events for over a year, we are very pleased to announced our classic Copyediting/Proofreading Bootcamp, a full-day live seminar, scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2012, 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:
A hands-on training seminar for nonfiction copy editors and proofreaders (or those who want to be). We cover how to go about editing and proofreading, tips and tricks, work practices, business practices, and more. Attendees get a thorough take-home book (200 pages), personal assessment of skills, mentorship from the trainers, and an appropriate LinkedIn recommendation when complete.

The seminar covers the following topics (and more):

  • Overview of the publishing process, style and reference guides, software optimization, customization
  • Copyediting: spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, fact checking, queries, author voice, style markup, style sheets, online tools, topic specialties. Expanded preclass and in-class exercises.
  • Proofreading: stage of proofs, marking, materials, style sheet and spec sheets, steps, tools, specialty work, and PDF proofing. More in-class exercises.
  • 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.

Details:
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9 am to 5 pm
Caribou Coffee, Duraleigh and Edwards Road, Raleigh, NC
Cost: $350 per person (check or Paypal)
Register by emailing Laura (apologies, our event registration plugin is not functioning correctly).

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

Fiction Editing Bootcamp: April 9, 2011

Announcing: Fiction Editing Boot Camp with Alice Osborn
Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC 27609
Saturday, April 9th , from 1-5 pm
Cost $150
Register HERE.

This intensive workshop is designed especially for aspiring fiction editors and/or fiction writers who want to break into the fiction editing field either with a publishing house or on a freelance basis. Novelists: learn how to boost your own editing skills via this workshop so you can win an agent and get published!

The seminar covers the following topics (and more!):

  • Overview of the publishing process; style and reference guides
  • Fiction-specific editing concerns: timelines, characters, point of view, revision and more
  • Copyediting: spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, fact checking, queries, author voice, timelines, and fact-checking
  • Work practices: tips and tricks, time management, communication, dealing with problems.
  • Business practices: Getting and keeping clients, rates and billing, follow-up options, networking, professionalism, and deadlines.

Mentorship
As part of your tuition, you are entitled to have your instructor review your first paying project before turning it in to the client.

LinkedIn Group
Participation in a members-only editors’ group on LinkedIn for added communication, networking, and materials. Discussions and job leads also come in through this group.

Alice Osborn is an experienced freelance fiction editor who is also a writing teacher and published poet and columnist. The workshop will give editing techniques specific to the fiction writer to include timelines, characters, point of view, revision and more. Business practices and client retention will also be covered.

Be sure to register at the link above!! Register early to reserve your spot!

Bootcamp January 29, 2011, Raleigh

There is still space left, so reserve your spot today! The Editorial Bootcamp is delighted to hold a live workshop on January 29, 2011, in Raleigh, NC.

We will be back at the gracious Caribou Coffee, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, offering our popular hands-on intensive training for nonfiction copy editors and proofreaders. Come learn about the business and how to be a freelancer!

Note: This is the last live training date to be offered before Laura takes some maternity leave. We’ve temporarily lowered the price just a bit so you can kick off your New Year with some career development! ($300 instead of $350).

You still get all the great value we offer:

A hands-on training seminar for nonfiction copy editors and proofreaders (or those who want to be). We cover how to go about editing and proofreading, tips and tricks, work practices, business practices, and more. Attendees get a thorough take-home binder (200 pages), personal assessment of skills, mentorship from the trainers, and an appropriate LinkedIn recommendation when complete.

The seminar covers the following topics (and more):

  • Overview of the publishing process, style and reference guides, MS Word optimization, customization
  • Copyediting: spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, fact checking, queries, author voice, style markup, copyrighted material, style sheets, online tools, topic specialties. Expanded preclass and in-class exercises.
  • Proofreading: stage of proofs, marking, materials, style sheet and spec sheets, steps, tools, specialty work, and PDF proofing. More in-class exercises.
  • 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.

Register now to reserve your space!

If you cannot attend on this date, please let us know if you are still interested. We plan to schedule more training dates (including events in other cities), we offer private events for groups and companies, and we are exploring webinars and e-books.