Editorial Bootcamp: Chicago, Jan 11, 2016

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The Classic Bootcamp

I am very pleased to announced the classic Copyediting Bootcamp, a full-day live seminar, scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2016, in Chicago, IL. Update 11/6/2015: We will have two assistant instructors! You’ll get the benefit of the wisdom of Adrienne Montgomerie and Amy Schneider as well!

The materials have been updated to keep pace with the rapidly changing publishing industry. You still get all the great value I offer through a hands-on training seminar about nonfiction copy editing. I 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 (and maybe a few 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.

Details:
When: Monday, January 11, 2016, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, Magnificent Mile, 300 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Cost: $350 per person (includes workshop, materials, beverages, and lunch)

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

Registration is now closed.

 

Copyediting Intensive: Rochester NY, Sept. 27, 2015

The Editorial Bootcamp will be offering a Copyediting Intensive workshop on Sunday, September 27, 9 am to 3 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown (125 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604; 585-546-1234) 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 2015 Communication Central conference, “Be a Better Freelancer: Take it to the 10th!” in the same location, September 25 and 26. Register for both events for discounts. The registration form contains hotel information as well.

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

The registration form for this event is available here. (The bootcamp registration 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!

Registration fees include materials, lunch, and beverages.

Spring 2015 Events: Austin and Pittsburgh

I am very pleased to announced that two full-day live workshops on copyediting are scheduled for Spring 2015!

Early bird registration now open! Please see the event pages for details and registration. Space is limited, so register early!

Austin, TX: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9 am to 5 pm

Pittsburgh, PA: Sunday, March 29, 2015, 8 am to 4 pm

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

The seminars cover 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.
  • 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.

 

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

Please register on the event pages.

 

Editorial Bootcamp and Communication Central

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!

Bootcamp in Baltimore, October 2012

We are very excited to bring an Editorial Bootcamp to Baltimore, MD, in mid-October 2012! Here are the details:

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!

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.