Editing Digital Products is a fabulous London-based 1-day training course run by the Publishing Training Centre (PTC). I'm attended recently and highly recommend it.
I'd originally intended to mention this in my Link of the Week feature, but on reflection I felt it merited a more detailed, stand-alone review. This is because on the 4-hour journey home I had time to think about all that I’d learned and consider how I might apply it to my day-to-day freelance proofreading business.
What’s in it for the freelance proofreader?
First of all, Editing Digital Products is not designed to teach the skills of onscreen editing (or proofreading). Thus, if like me you spend much of your day working with (a) printed material, (b) onscreen content that will be printed further down the line, or (c) onscreen material that will be handled as if it was print (covering letters that will be emailed, for example), then the relevance of this course may not be immediately obvious. Bear with me, however, because I've come to the conclusion that aside from the excellent foundational training I did to learn the method and practice of proofreading (Basic Proofreading my Distance Learning, also from the PTC), Editing Digital Products might well be the most important chunk of learning I've carried out in my freelance career.
High praise, you might think, but here’s the reasoning.
As is often the case, the very best training doesn't just fill knowledge gaps – it opens one's eyes to new ones. Certainly I think there’s much, much more I can learn about mark-up languages, digital platforms, digital content management software, and SEO. It isn't that I was ignorant about these issues before; rather, my application was often accidental and ad hoc. It lacked strategic direction. No training course can provide all the answers but it can put you on the right path. Editing Digital Products gave me that much-need focus – I can see how pre-existing skills, newly acquired knowledge and future training can be applied strategically to my ongoing business planning and service provision in a digital environment.
For more information, visit the PTC's Editing Digital Products course-profile page. To see what other publishing and editorial courses are available, visit the Publishing Training Centre's online catalogue. If you want to explore onscreen editing specifically, take a look at the Society for Editors and Proofreaders' excellent Onscreen Editing 1 and Onscreen Editing 2 courses.
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