AND COPY-EDITING (UK)*
do I become a freelance proofreader and/or copy-editor . . . ?
welcome to my website on this fine day.
The question posed above seems to be on many people's minds, judging from
the response to my book on the subject: Freelance Proofreading and
Copy-editing – A Guide (about which more later). My name is Trevor
Horwood. I have been a full-time freelance proofreader and copy-editor
since 1991 and I am an Advanced Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. The
purpose of this site is to give you some idea of what freelancing entails,
and whether or not you would be suited to it. In return, it will give me
a chance to plug my book . . . Well, we all have to earn a living, don't
information is divided into easily digested chunks, which can be accessed
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*I regret to say that my book is likely to be of little use to anyone working outside the UK market, particularly those based in North America. Apart from the many differences in spelling, style and punctuation between British and American English, all my contact lists, training resources etc. are UK centred, and the advice and opinions given are based on my experience with British publishers. I have no idea if things work the same way elsewhere, and I wouldn't presume to advise you. My best advice is to seek out some local freelances (an Internet search should unearth a few) and contact them informally, asking if there is an association equivalent to the British-based Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) that you could contact for more details.