I did it – finally – I signed up to the Society for Editors and Proofreaders introduction to copy-editing. I now have six lovely lessons that will (hopefully) put me on the right road to becoming a truly professional copy-editor (with a lot of practice obviously).
I’m enjoying the course so far, although I have completely ignored their advice to undertake the two proofreading courses as I have no desire to ever become a proofreader or work with BSI symbols, though I fear both will rear their heads at some point through my training.
I have read through the first lesson and had a ‘go’ at the exercise with some surprising results. I’m not sure copy-editing is what I thought it was, but I’m sure the remaining part of the course will enlighten me and look forward to continuing my learning.