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Train as a proofreader with industry professionals

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Linguist Lynne Murphy will be talking about UK–US differences at #SfEP2017 conference in September

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Macro wizard and ever helpful Archive Publications will be exhibiting at #SfEP2017.

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Thinking of joining us? Here's a potted history of the #SfEP.

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Making the decision to go solo as a freelance #proofreader or #copyeditor is a big career step.

Let the #SfEP help you with this handy guide, which covers:
business basics – writing a business plan and starting to think about all the elements of your new business
knowledge – what you need to know about keeping up to date on editorial work and where to find out more
money – statutory requirements for income tax and national insurance, plus budgeting, record-keeping and invoicing
clients – where to find them, how to handle them
you – looking after yourself, managing your time and preparing for disaster recovery
resources – a wide range of resources for the new freelance proofreader and copy-editor.

Readers are guided through the decisions the new business owner has to make, the things they should be aware of and sources of support for their exciting new venture.

Looking forward to #sfep2017 . Thanks to our sponsors Intelligent Editing Daniel Heuman will also be introducing PerfectIt for Macs.

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Are you looking to engage a freelance #editor or #proofreader?

What can you expect to pay?

Here are the SfEP's minimum suggested rates.

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Struggling to know how to price a project?

Freelance #editorial work is a professional service and no two projects are the same. Pricing up a project involves four main elements:
understanding what the particular job involves
knowing your own pace of work
knowing what can go wrong
knowing the market rate for the work.

The SfEP's Pricing a Project guide describes the quotation process, from taking a brief to agreeing terms and conditions. This practical guide comprises tips, checklists and worked examples to assist not only freelances but also clients who seek the services of editorial professionals.

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Written mainly by senior members of the Society for #Editors and #Proofreaders, this growing series of practical booklets focuses on copy-editing, proofreading and related fields and on how to make a living from them.

The #SfEP guides are intended for #copy-editors and #proofreaders, both practising and potential, and for others involved in publishing content in some way, including those working for companies and government agencies and departments.

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Anyone can be a proofreader, can't they? How hard can it be? All they do is find typos, don't they?

See for yourself!
If you're thinking of training to become a proofreader, if you already do editorial work or if you're just curious, here's a chance to see how good you'd be by taking this short SfEP proofreading test.

It's based on straightforward text that contains a number of very common errors. To do it, you don't need any specialist knowledge. You just need to be methodical and painstaking, with good general knowledge and judgement.
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