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Do you have a passion for language—for words, sentences, paragraphs, and books?
When you’re reading newspapers or magazines for pleasure, do you naturally spot errors in the text, even when you’re not consciously looking for them? (This is a surefire sign that you have the editorial instinct.)
Have you ever felt the uncontrollable urge to correct a mailbox labeled The Smith’s?
Hi, I’m Mary Jo Tate. Over the past 27 years, I’ve done nearly every type of editing, and I’ve worked exclusively from home for the last 15 years. I’ll never go back to an office!
My editing career began with my high school newspaper. After college I advanced to editing dissertations for international students, assisting with the Cambridge University Press edition of The Great Gatsby, copyediting Homeschooling Today magazine, compiling e-books, editing and restructuring curriculum, polishing and augmenting home study courses for Internet marketers, ghostwriting, and even coaching authors through the entire book-writing process. I’m also a published author.
“Putting together a book is a momentous task, but Mary Jo Tate makes it easy for you. She is a superb editor and an experienced literary professional. I recommend her highly and greatly appreciate her help with my work.”
"Mary Jo Tate doesn’t try to squeeze every writer into a three-piece suit. She takes us where we are—our own writing style—and makes us look presentable. She can make sentences and paragraphs look good without losing their character."
Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
"I have used Mary Jo Tate as an editor for all of the second edition books that Apologia has published. By the time the books reach her desk, they have already been proofread twice. Nevertheless, Mary Jo always finds things that the proofreaders miss. Her knowledge of English grammar is superb but flexible. She seems to know exactly which rules must be followed and which can be bent in order to fit into my unorthodox writing style."
Dr. Jay L. Wile
As a single mom who homeschools four sons while working exclusively from home, I’ve learned a lot about balancing work and family. In fact, I’ve spoken about that very topic at entrepreneur workshops.
My business grew very slowly at first. I knew where to put the commas, but I didn’t know much about running a business. When I began learning and applying sound principles of entrepreneurship and marketing, my profitability skyrocketed. Today, my work schedule is routinely filled up months in advance, and I even have to turn away prospective clients.
Publishing has expanded far beyond traditional books, magazines, and newspapers. With the advent of the Internet, we now have e-zines, web copy, blogs, and e-books. Also, many Internet marketers are now writing traditional print books to generate leads and enhance their credibility.
With all this writing and publishing going on,
the need for skilled freelance editors is greater
I’ve personally trained editing apprentices, but I no longer have time for that kind of one-on-one mentoring. That’s why I created this course. It contains everything I’ve taught my apprentices, at a much lower price.
If you have a natural gift for working with words, I’ll teach you the mechanics of editing and the fundamentals of running a successful business.
“I highly recommend Mary Jo Tate’s superb training. She gave me powerful, practical insights on the nuts and bolts of the editorial task along with helpful suggestions for networking, client relationships, and entrepreneurial skills. Best of all, her training has helped me expand my business from ‘sometime, small time’ to ‘full-time, big time’ in a matter of months. Thanks, Mary Jo!”
“I’ve worked with Mary Jo for the last two of the eight years that I have been an editor. Her instruction and example of professionalism have been an invaluable resource, and the knowledge she has shared has been the primary reason I have grown as an editor. Mary Jo understands the difference between just ‘correcting’ a piece and actually ‘editing’ it, and she conveys her counsel helpfully and gracefully.”
I’ve distilled my 27 years of experience as an editor and entrepreneur into a self-paced course on the most essential skills you need to start your business.
Get Started as a
The course focuses primarily on copyediting, with some instruction in substantive editing and a brief overview of other types of editing.
Here’s just a glimpse of what this course covers:
• Why editing matters
• Writing tactful, helpful queries
• Apostrophe catastrophes
Note: This is not a comprehensive grammar course—only a review of the most common types of errors. If you don’t already have a firm grasp of spelling, punctuation, and grammar, this course is not for you.
• Finding clients
• Having a business mindset
1. MP3 audio of four
teleseminar sessions (7 hours total) packed with
how to edit and how to run a successful editing business from home.
2. Transcripts of the four teleseminars so you won’t have to take notes as you listen.
3. Samples of edited documents so you can see editing in action.
4. My personal list
of the best resources and reference books
you must have that will
make your life easier and provide you with answers to common and obscure questions.
5. The most
frequently misspelled words compiled into one handy list
that you can keep
beside your computer.
6. My personal
checklist of the most commonly confused words, which will
save you hours
of searching through resources.
My editing students include a doctor and a lawyer who are looking for more flexibility and freedom, as well as the opportunity to release their inner wordsmith. Here are the results some of my students have achieved:
“I am so excited! Today, I will have in my hands ‘my’ magazine. I assisted in the editing and wrote an article that will be featured in this edition. It’s an inspirational women’s magazine called Looking Up Magazine, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I never dreamed I would be a part of something like this, but it sure feels good!
“I could not have accomplished this without the tools I obtained through Mary Jo Tate’s editing course or without the confidence I gained in her apprenticeship program. Thank you, Mary Jo, for providing such a great program with your personal touch and concern for your students!”
“Mary Jo Tate’s freelance editing course helped me gain the confidence I needed as a writer. I have become more serious about my writing since taking the course. I also know I can help others polish their writing projects successfully. Mary Jo delivers the ‘meat’ of what you need to know to begin your work as a freelance editor. Her course exceeded my expectations, and I consider it a great investment!”
My editing business has enabled me to provide for my family while living my dream of being at home and homeschooling my four sons . . . even with the challenges of single parenthood. If I can do it, you can too!
I’ve experienced firsthand the powerful blessings of working from home, so I want to get this business-building training into the hands of as many people as possible. The course is easily worth $597, but for a limited time, I’m offering an introductory price of $197.
But wait! There's more.
You also get these valuable bonuses:
$288.00 Value in FREE
Bonus #1 — Article Editing Video Tutorial.
Listen and look over my shoulder as I edit a magazine
article step by step.
Bonus #2 — Website Copy Editing Video Tutorial.
Learn how editing website copy differs from editing books
Bonus #3 — “How to Find Clients When You’re Just Starting Your Business.” Audio and transcript of one-hour class with marketing expert Martin Wales. ($47.00 Value)
Bonus #4 — “How to Use Powerful Testimonials to Market Your Business.” Audio and transcript of one-hour class with marketing expert Martin Wales. ($47.00 Value)
(Your Reservation Will Be Processed Over Secure Servers.)
Have any questions? Feel free to .
There are plenty of books that tell you where to put commas and semicolons, but I don’t know anywhere else that you can get this kind of insider’s training in both the techniques and business of editing.
In this course, you’ll learn what you need to know to build your own freelance editing business from home.
Are you ready to change your life? Get started now.
Mary Jo Tate
P.S. – As I write this, I’m relaxing in my grandmother’s rocking chair in my home office. In a few minutes, I’ll make the five-second “commute” to my living room, where I’ll snuggle with my six-year-old son as we read Make Way for Ducklings.
Then I’ll get back to work on overhauling a well-known homeschooling curriculum to make it more user-friendly . . . for which I’m being paid handsomely. And when the authors receive rave reviews for the new edition, I’ll have the satisfaction of knowing I helped make it happen.
Wouldn’t you like that kind of
I’d like to help you make it happen. Get started today!
“Taking this course has opened my eyes to what’s involved in editing professionally. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a document the same way again! It lays a foundation upon which to build experience and knowledge as an editor. Mary Jo’s expertise is evident. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to see how an editing business works before diving in headfirst.”
“Your attention to details in the calls has been wonderful!”
“Mary Jo is an expert in the editing world. The information presented is very helpful and encouraging to those interested in freelance editing.”
"I've used Mary Jo Tate’s services on book-length projects, articles, and promotional copy. I couldn’t be happier with the results. As a proofreader, she consistently catches mistakes others have missed; as a style editor, she makes insightful and incisive suggestions that certainly improve the final product of my writing. Better yet, she is able to achieve such excellent results very quickly when necessary. I count her as a valuable part of my team."
“As a homeschooling teenager, I’m interested in a career related to books. This course has opened my eyes to the editing process and has given me some good reference tools to consult. I can use these whether I edit or write.”
"I will not publish a book today without having it pass under the scrutiny of Mary Jo's eyes. When we send her something to edit, we usually think our manuscript is in pretty decent shape, but she somehow finds a way to relieve us of that notion. There seems to be very little which sneaks past her careful examination. Mary Jo's skills go beyond merely the mechanics of editing. When she suggests a clarifying or stylistic improvement, I am very reluctant to move contrary to her suggestion without strong reasons. The bad part about writing an endorsement like this is that I may have to compete with others for her services in the future. So forget everything I just wrote."
"Mary Jo Tate is worth her weight in gold as a writing coach and content editor. She has saved me countless hours, quickly seeing elusive structures and helping me organize creative, detailed, and random ideas."
Louise Jones, National Art Consultant
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