November, 2014: Proofreading like a Best-Selling Author

Category: Writing

Instructor:  Kathy Ide

November 3 - 27, 2014;  Fee:  $40

These days, it's easier than ever to get a book published. But if you want people (besides your family and friends) to buy your book, you have to do it well. Really well.

There are many ways to learn professional writing techniques. Once you've learned them and applied them to your manuscript, you'll be ready to confidently send your manuscript to a subsidy publisher or submit it to an agent or commercial publisher ... right?

Not quite.

Before you submit that piece you've worked so hard on, it's important to give it a final proofread. To catch all those annoying typos that slipped in while you were creating your masterpiece. To make sure all the formatting is consistent. That the sentences are punctuated correctly, the grammar is accurate, and the words are spelled right and used right.

Why make such a big deal out of the little things? Because if there are too many mistakes in a manuscript, the message in that nonfiction book or the story of that novel may get lost or even misunderstood. And readers today have so many options, it's easier than ever to simply stop reading one book and move on to another.

OK. So how can you make sure your manuscript is as error-free as possible?

In "Proofreading like a Best-Selling Author," you'll learn:

• how to catch typos in your manuscript
• how to ensure consistency throughout a manuscript (or series)
• what industry-standard reference books the publishers use
• how to punctuate properly
• what kinds of words to look up in a dictionary (and which dictionary to use)
• and more.

Each lesson has an optional "pretest," with the answers revealed in the following lesson.

Lessons will be posted on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting November 3.

Kathy Ide, author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, has written books, articles, short stories, devotionals, and scripts. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a five-book novel series. Kathy is a full-time freelance editor/proofreader/mentor for new writers, established authors, and book publishers. She speaks at writers' conferences across the country. Kathy is the founder and director of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network ( and the Christian Editor Connection ( For more about Kathy, visit or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

Start Date:  Monday, 03 November 2014
Cost: 40(USD)
Topics: 10