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E-editing: PDF markup
Mark up changes to printer’s proofs or any screen shot (ebook, app, video) using free (or paid) Acrobat software from Adobe. Syllabus

PDF Markup for Editors and Proofreaders

Tweet this post.On demand. Learn at your own pace:
6+ hrs video instruction

+ 63-pg workbook

+ free Acrobat Reader

= super-proofreader
Within an hour, you’ll learn skills you can use right away. 


Watch the promo video.

Click to download the Acrobat keyboard shortcuts for Mac or for Windows.

Book Your Own Training

PDF markup training is available in the formats listed below. Other topics are available by request, such as Word for editors, marketing, and blogging. Contact me for a quote on leading one for your group.

  • 90-minute webinar overview, or:
    • 90-minute “intro” webinar
    • 90-minute “advanced” webinar
  • five 90-minute webinars with self-study guide — buy anytime
  • 1 day workshop, in person
  • 4-lesson online course (asynchronous, autonomous, with feedback)
  • 1 hour private consultation geared to your needs


Marketing for Freelancers

Make a plan for yourself.

Spend half a day with me, talking about the ways that freelancers have tried to market themselves. Leave with the beginnings of a plan for your own marketing efforts.

See what others are doing.

Gauge whether you have to use social media.

Decide how to find clients in person.

Consider methods appropriate to your clients.

Available as a half-day seminar and a self-study workbook (under development).



Learn How to “Edit” Visual Content

Sept 22 – Oct 6, 2016

You need to “recognize when graphic elements must be edited to clearly and effectively convey the intended meaning,” as the professional editorial standard puts it. But how? And in whose opinion?

Designed for editors, this course is about directing and refining the content of visuals, not about using software to manipulate them. Visuals include graphics, charts, illustrations, diagrams, and photos. Sometimes, even words alone become a visual when they are subjected to artistic treatment and set apart from the narrative.

Over three lessons on your own time, try your hand at applying principles. We’ll address the needs at three different phases of manuscript / product development.

Developed in cooperation with Cheryl Stephens, instructor at the Writing and Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University Continuing Education (Editing Certificate). Initially presented at the Editors Canada conference in Toronto, 2015.

Printable checklists for each stage of editing/ manuscript development.


Word for Editors

Asynchronous online course for PC, April 4–28, 2017 | In-person 1-day, Kingston, ON, fall, 2017

Onscreen editing in WordWord has built-in features and tools that make editing tasks more consistent, efficient and pleasant. This session will show the ins and outs of features and customizations that truly make the editorial work fly:

  • track changes mastery
  • styles for editorial checks, automation, and formatting
  • viewing tricks
  • advanced find and replace, including wildcards and special codes
  • macros—ready-made and make-your-own
  • alternatives to macros that also boost efficiency

Bring your own laptop to follow along or get troubleshooting help.

See the full course syllabus.

Word Macros without Tears

Webinar recordings + workbook available in 2 formats:

  • Accelerated 90-min from Copyediting
  • More in-depth three 60-min sessions from EFA

Macros can help you tame Word and automate many editing functions for faster, more precise copyediting. Kick-start your macros use in Word 365 during the 90-minute webinar: recording, and cutting & pasting. You’ll gain an understanding of macros and learn how to customize them and use wildcards, plus a resource of over 500 macros specifically for editing tasks.

Or delve deeper into macros, learning to tweak the code and cobble together sophisticated tools without having to learn to code in Virtual Basic.

Keep the recordings for reference, because no one remembers a task until they have to do it; or do it many times. You will also have a workbook and resource of 500 macros to keep, which includes several for specifically for academic editing.
Webinars are presented on a Mac with screenshots to orient Windows users who will see a slight difference in the look and layout than what is shown live. Some Windows demos are listed in the workbook.
We won’t be learning to program VBA, but we do look at how to tweak the code and how to paste together code from sources to make a macro you want. There’s likely to be something in the resource of 500 macros that will do what you want. I don’t know them all yet! When I need code to do something, I search online as someone else has almost always written a macro for it. The biggest hurdle is figuring out what terms to search!

Help! There’s math in my manuscript

Coming, Spring 2017

This is not a course on how to do math. It is about honing your editorial senses to know when a number-related concept doesn’t sound quite right, and how to use free online tools to check your instincts. You’ll see samples of effective queries that use mathematical language, and see real-life examples. This covers the language of talking about numbers, not the mechanics of calculations.

If she does 4100 laps one day and 100 the next day how many redheads bought chickens?

If this is what feels like for you, you’ll feel right at home with this resource.

Come learn the secret handshake of math.


Educational Editing — ran in fall of 2012

We are often asked how to get into educational editing. Getting in is one thing; more importantly, what are you getting into? On top of the professional editorial standards, editors in the school market also need to:

  • understand curriculum documents (what content must be included and to what depth of knowledge)
  • adjust reading levels and readability
  • ensure assessments follow current models and principles
  • draft missing content
  • revise content based on reviewer feedback
  • develop all product components
  • fit copy to the product design and course length

Spend 3 hours with me and my dameditors, exploring the extended checklist that an editor must use when working in the educational market.


November 17, 2012 — Ottawa, ON

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online October 2–30
Editing in Word, online October 30–November 27

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