Back in July, I announced that I’d begun training as a copyeditor. Since then, I’ve completed the CIEP course Copyediting 1: Introduction. It gave me a good idea about the basics, but it also reinforced that I need to do more studying before I’m ready to start offering this as a service.
I’m now setting my sights on Copyediting 2: Headway. My original plan was to start that at the beginning of this week, but a proofreading project with a tight deadline arrived. That means I’ll be jumping in next week instead.
The first course was self-assessed, but this one has marked assignments. I always find that nerve-wracking, but it means I’ll get tailored feedback so I can learn from my mistakes. I like the way the marking is structured; I’ll be assessed on three assignments, but only the final one will decide my end mark.
The first two are to give me an idea of whether I’m actually ready for the course. According to the course notes, I can choose to pause things and do more studying before continuing. I hope that won’t be necessary, but it’s nice to know it’s an option!
If everything goes to plan, I’ll have six months to complete everything. That could mean I’ll be finishing up at the beginning of April 2024. I hope to be a bit quicker (January/February would be great), but I won’t be rushing anything. I got my distinction in the Publishing Training Centre’s Essential Proofreading course through slow, careful study, and making sure I learned from the feedback I received.
I hope anything you’re learning about is proving to be a great experience, but either way, get in touch and let me know if you’re studying something! You can email me or comment below.