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About General Proofreading: Theory & Practice™

About the Course

While my transcript proofreading course has been wildly successful, I constantly receive emails from students asking how they can get into general proofreading. Proofreading transcripts for court reporters is not for everyone, and I realized there was a huge market out there for quality general proofreaders. Think about it: how many blog posts, self-published books, websites, resumes, journals, and more are out there? Each and every one of those items needs a proofreader! I want to ensure that people who want to tap into those markets have the skills and quality training needed to be successful.

My General Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ course launched on April 25, 2017. My team and I built this course using The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, which is the most common style guide used for general proofreading. The course is jam-packed with 40+ lessons within 8 modules, 8 grammar-specific worksheets, and 20 real-life example jobs. Students will get hands-on training on both how to proofread and how to market their services to find clients.

This course is not free, and completion can take roughly 1 month. Students completing Ignite Plus must take a manually graded exam essay and receive at least a 90% to pass and receive their official Certificate of Completion. Graduates are also listed in the Self-Publishing School (SPS) Preferred Outsourcer Rolodex, an elite listing of freelancers specifically used by self-published authors.

Why Are You Teaching General Proofreading?

I know you’re wondering why you should trust me to be your guide on this journey. And well, it’s pure experience. I’ve been a working proofreader for more than a decade now. And I want to share my passion for the work with you — so you can earn income doing something you love too. ‘Cause when you are doing something you love, it doesn’t feel like work!

I created my General Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ course to help more people learn the skills they need to become excellent proofreaders and really profit from those skills.

FAQs at a Glance

I’m insanely thorough and transparent about anything and everything to do with general proofreading, the course, this website — you name it, I will tell it like it is.

Proofreading isn’t for everyone, and I do my best to ensure only those who are a good fit invest in my training. I have no problem telling prospective students if I don’t believe they’re cut out for proofreading.

Q. How long does the course take to complete?
The average completion time is under a month, but the course is entirely self-paced, and you have lifetime access. You can take as little or as long as you want to complete the course.

Q. Will this course make me a certified proofreader?
No. The training will provide you with the skills and resources you need, but it is not a certification course. You will receive a certificate of completion if you purchase Ignite Plus, but it does not serve as a certification in any way. There is no official proofreading certification in the United States.

Q. Is the market oversaturated with proofreaders?
The great thing about being a general proofreader is that there are many markets where you can find work. None of these markets are oversaturated with quality proofreaders.

Q. I don’t have a college degree/major in English. Can I still become a proofreader?
Absolutely! You do NOT need a college degree to become a proofreader. All you need is a pair of eagle eyes, the drive to succeed, and the proper training under your belt.

Q. Does this course help me find proofreading work?
Yes! We give you the resources and tools you need to find work. BUT you need to implement these tools and be creative to get (and keep!) your clients. We are not a job placement agency.

More Frequently Asked Questions

Here are just a few of the topics I cover in my extensive FAQ section:

What’s Next? Here are some possible next steps.

  1. Sign up to watch my FREE workshop.
  2. Check out the Student Success Stories to get to know the backgrounds of the students who’ve been successfully trained by my Proofread Anywhere courses.
  3. See the course overview page for more about the course, how to enroll, etc.
  4. Contact me if you have any questions or concerns. If you don’t receive a response within two business days, it means I did not receive your email.

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  1. Hey there! If I am taking the course, is you book of commonly misused words included?

    1. Hi, Jennifer! Yes, it is included in the bonuses you receive with the course. 🙂

  2. I've already registered for the General Theory and Practice course but cannot locate the link to access my account. So far, my attempts have directed me to the 28-Day quickstart course. Please send help! Thanks.

    Joshua Warren

    Note: The email address below is not the one I originally signed up with, but it is the one I am currently using. I no longer have access to the old one ([email protected]).

  3. I work, how long do you think it would take me to complete the course if I committed 1 to 2 hours a night? Maybe extra on weekends?

    1. It all depends on the student and how how well they know the rules of grammar and punctuation. Some students need more practice than others, so I can’t say an exact time. Most students finish the course within 5-7 weeks, but if you commit to two hours a night, you could finish within 4-5 weeks. My suggestion is that you look through the course so that you know exactly what to expect, then you can plan around it. Most of the work is done in the first half of the course reviewing and practicing the rules, and proofreading the practice essays. There’s no rush! We want you to take your time and absorb everything we teach you!

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