Module 1: Introduction to General Proofreading
Learn the basics of proofreading, including what it takes to succeed in this rewarding field, what kind of companies require proofreaders, the difference between proofreading and editing, and much more.
Module 2: Grammar Refresher
In our new and exclusive Grammar Refresher, you’ll work through all the principles of grammar, including myths and common mistakes, parts of speech, pronouns, contractions and possessives and verb forms. That way, you'll have everything in your tool belt to become a professional proofreader.
Module 3: Sentence Structure
In this incredibly important module, you’ll learn about sentence structure and subjects and predicates, sentence fragments and run-on sentences, subject/verb agreement, order of adjectives, adverbial clause vs. participial clause, which vs. that and dangling modifiers. Test your knowledge and refine your skills with our in-depth practice worksheets.
Module 4: Spelling and Word Use for Proofreaders
Learn the types of errors, common typos, commonly misused words, numbers, American and British spelling variations and capitalization that you will need to watch out for as a proofreader. Complete in-depth worksheets and check your answers with provided answer keys.
Module 5: Punctuation Principles
In Module 5, you'll discover the common punctuation mistakes and learn about when and how to apply apostrophes, hyphenated and compound words, en vs. em dashes, commas and semicolons and quotations marks and italics. You'll also learn about American and British Punctuation Differences and get to take a Vocabulary Quiz.
Module 6: Proofreading Methods
Learn four different types of proofreading methods, with thorough lessons and tutorials to teach you the basics of each method. You'll also learn about style in proofreading. Then you’ll get a chance to apply what you've learned with sample practice jobs.
Module 7: Proofreading Practice
In Module 7, you'll receive three sets of practice essays. Each set contains a dozen or more individual practice essays and include annotations for each practice essay so that you can self-assess your performance and identify your weakest areas and improve them on the fly.
Module 8: Types of Proofreading
Module 9: Turning Proofreading into a Business
You're going to learn the business fundamentals so that you can turn your new-found proofreading expertise into a thriving proofreading business, which will enable you to attract and retain lots of happy clients. Now that you have the proofreading skills you need to do the actual work, you’ll learn how to create your business so you can start attracting clients and earning money. Discover how to create your own website, set your rates to earn the maximum income while attracting as many clients as possible, build up your experience fast, and more.
Module 10: Finding Clients
Finding clients is perhaps the most important skill to becoming a successful freelance proofreader—yet other proofreading courses don’t teach this essential skill at all. Not to worry, because in General Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ you’ll gain a comprehensive education in how to identify good proofreading clients and approach them successfully. This module is packed with proven strategies, tips and tricks, and even a bonus ebook called How to Find Your Ideal Clients. When you’re done with this module, you’ll know how to find clients that value you and the service you provide.
Module 11: Marketing Basics
Learn how to market yourself like a pro through social media and your website's blog. You'll also discover how to write effective proposals and vet clients to ensure you end up attracting the right ones.
Module 12: Your Workflow
Module 13: Getting the Most Out of the Freelancing Life
You’ve made it! You're a professional proofreader! Learn how a typical proofreader structures their day, plus how to build the confidence you need to quash fear and thrive as a freelancer. A new lesson on project management systems helps ensure you stay organized and productive.
Bonus: Look Better in Writing™ Handbook of Commonly Misused (and Abused!) Words
This handy reference book lists the most commonly misused words in the English language, which you will most almost certainly run across in your proofreading career. Also includes a worksheet to help you master the proper use of these important words.
Bonus: The Ultimate Freelancer Tax Guide
There’s one sticky issue all freelancers have to deal with: taxes. But don’t worry, because in this comprehensive guide you’ll learn all about accounting, tax preparation, deductions, and more for your freelance proofreading business. By the time you’re finished, freelance taxes won’t seem so daunting anymore—and in fact, you’ll be excited to learn about all the tax savings available to you as a small business owner.
Bonus: The Mindset Mastery Guide
When creating your own freelance business, having the right mindset is a huge step toward achieving the kind of life-altering success you desire. In this 5-part guide, you’ll learn how to get over your freelance fears, deal with past events, overcome impostor syndrome, and more.
Bonus: 5 Mindset Shifts for Goal-Crushing Confidence
Each of the five sections in this bonus guide includes a powerful activity to work through—so you can take clear steps toward living a successful, confident life as a freelance professional.
Bonus: Access to Level 1 of Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™
Once you complete General Proofreading, gain access to the first level of my original flagship course, Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™—PLUS lifetime access to the PA Proofreaders Facebook group. Students say the Facebook group is one of their favorite parts of the entire course, with support and encouragement that are second to none.
Bonus: Money Mindset Transformation Workshop & Workbook
You'll learn seven life-changing concepts that will transform the way you think about money forever. The secret to making more money probably isn’t what you think it is.
Bonus: Hand-graded Exam with Certificate of Completion
Students who enroll in this edition of General Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ will be given a final assessment and get their final exam responses hand-graded by an expert instructor. Once you pass the exam, you’ll receive a certificate of completion that can be used as a proof point for prospective proofreading clients.
Bonus: Marketing Mastermind for Proofreaders
Get access to a separate marketing mastermind group created specifically for proofreaders with verified skills. Pick the brains of more experienced proofreaders who can help you fine-tune your marketing approach and generate more clients while charging higher prices.
Bonus: Listing in the Self-Publishing School (SPS) Preferred Outsourcer Rolodex
When you pass the hand-graded exam, we’ll list you in the Self-Publishing School’s Preferred Outsourcer Rolodex. This exclusive list of book production experts (including proofreaders, editors, designers, formatters, and more) is used by thousands of Self-Publishing School students, and can serve as a source of recurring new prospects for your proofreading business. This listing, by itself, is worth more than enough to justify the upgrade to Ignite Plus.