Kickstart Your Freelance Editor & Proofreader Career on Upwork

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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20 Videos (1h 23m)
    • Welcome Video

    • Introduction to Freelancing on Upwork

    • The Challenge of Beginning

    • My Earnings Report

    • Freelancer and Agency Account Types

    • Getting Paid

    • How to Avoid Long Payment Delays

    • The Key Elements of the Freelancer Profile Page

    • How to Find Work

    • Writing Effective Bid Proposals and Cover Letters

    • Bidding Principles to Win

    • How Much Should I Bid?

    • The Power of Good Ratings

    • Develop a Stable of Repeat Clients

    • Start Strong with These Approaches and Philosophies

    • More Approaches and Philosophies

    • An Editing Philosophy that Keeps Clients Happy

    • Use these 6 Practical Tips to Ensure Success

    • What to Do if the Client Wants Substantive Editing

    • The Online Editor/Proofreader Lifestyle


About This Class

Do you want to start a work-from-home career as a freelance editor and proofreader? Do you have a good eye for detail in English writing? Become an editor and proofreader on the #1 freelance site in the world, 

In this course, I use my own experience on Upwork to show you how to get up to speed quickly as an editing & proofreading category freelancer. The course discusses how to create an effective bid cover letter, what bidding principles work well, and how much to bid to win contracts. 

I also present insights from my writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (Oxford University Press, 2015) to help you satisfy clients and thus earn high ratings. Earning high ratings leads to a domino effect of more and more work. These insights also include my philosophy of editing that preserves clients' ideas and meanings while removing troubling "weeds" from their writing. 

The course additionally provides more approaches, philosophies, and tips for editing and proofreading that have led me to a 97% client satisfaction rating on Upwork. 

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Very helpful and comprehensive!
Kim Degener

Dog Trainer and Fiber Artist

Duncan is a terrific teacher he really knows his subject and makes it very interesting
Professor Koerber explains the process of proofreading and editing on Upwork. He points out other related opportunities available on Upwork also. He talks about setting up an account, bidding on projects submitted, and deciding what to charge. He emphasizes doing good work, developing repeat clients, and using special functions of Word to show them changes you've made in their document or related comments. He does a quick, partial walk-through of an example of a short summary he provides clients at the end of the job. The summary begins with a longer paragraph of what he liked about the client's manuscript, then continues with two or three sentences about each part of the editing and proofreading process he did, and how it helped add value to the client's manuscript. Professor Koeber did a thorough job and his videos add a lot to the course as well. This is a course I will watch again and take notes on.





Duncan Koerber

University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, reaching the top 0.01% of editors on Elance. Now, his freelance editing and proofreading agency on Upwork is in the "top rated" category.

Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).

His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.