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ChatGPT for Editors

Learn how to use the latest technology to increase your efficiency, improve your accuracy, and make yourself a better editor.

No coding skills required.

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Editors, are you ready for the most in-depth Artificial Intelligence course tailored just for your job?

ChatGPT for Editors gives you live training and support so you can learn the tech skills you need to thrive in an AI-integrated industry.

Soon, you'll know how to automate the tedious parts of editing so it becomes less about catching mistakes and more about fine-tuning content.

Supercharge your editing efficiency and take your skills to the next level!

ChatGPT for Editors  is a live training program designed to help you add to your skills résumé, book more projects, and expand your reach in the industry.

Broken down into 90-minute live classes, we'll start with the basics of ChatGPT (what it is and how to use it) before moving on to the specific ways it can enhance your career. Lessons include lots of examples, group practices, and Q&A time. (No worries if you can't make it live. There will be recordings.)

Plus—by signing up, you'll be a part of an exclusive online community, where you can get continued guidance, ask troubleshooting questions, share ideas, and more.

 

Now there are two ChatGPT for Editors course options:

 

  • Core Curriculum: 4 lessons covering the main ChatGPT skills

  • Full Course: 6 lessons of core skills, DIY macros, and ChatGPT tips for freelancers

Class size is limited.

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Here's the Schedule:

Class 1
 ChatGPT for Editors: An Introduction to the Future of Editing 

Editors need not be afraid, or dismissive, of ChatGPT. Instead, think of ChatGPT as your assistant that can automate the tedious parts of your job so it becomes less about catching mistakes and more about fine-tuning the content. You can integrate this AI tool into your existing copyediting workflow to supercharge your efficiency and improve your accuracy. ChatGPT can help with content editing, too, by offering suggestions and even writing your editorial reports. In the end, it means less grunt work, faster turnaround times, higher-quality projects, and happier clients and bosses. 

 

In this introductory session, we’ll:

  • cover the fundamentals of what ChatGPT is and how it works

  • explore its functionalities in an editorial workflow

  • forecast AI’s effect on the editing industry.
     

Class 2
ChatGPT Prompting Skills for Editors: Instruct, Contextualize, Refine 

Delving deeper into the mechanics of the most essential ChatGPT skill, effective prompt writing, this session covers three pivotal prompt-engineering techniques:  

Instruct: beginning with specific directions 
Contextualize: adding the right details and nuance 
Refine: tweaking to achieve a tailored response 

Incorporating these core prompting skills will make your editing process more efficient, your edits more precise, and your feedback more actionable—benefiting copyeditors, line editors, and developmental editors alike.  
 

Class 3
ChatGPT for Copyediting: Exploring the Fundamentals

Ready to streamline your copyediting workflow with ChatGPT? In this lesson, we’ll explore two transformative methods for editing with ChatGPT, plus strategies to focus prompts specifically for a copyeditor’s needs. 

 

Editing Inside ChatGPT: The EditGPT plugin gives copyeditors the power accept and reject ChatGPT’s edits directly inside the program. We’ll go through the setup process and tutorial together. 

Comparing Docs: We’ll also review how to upload a document into ChatGPT and compare ChatGPT’s edited version to the original in Word. (Voilà—tracked changes!) 

 

Using the techniques and prompts we’ll learn in this class, ChatGPT can do your first editing pass for you in minutes, freeing you up to do a more refined second pass and finish the project faster. 

Class 4
ChatGPT for Content Editing: Streamlining Manuscript Assessment and Author Feedback

In this lesson, you'll discover how to harness ChatGPT for both line and developmental editing.  

 

Manuscript Assessment: Let ChatGPT handle your initial read-through, pinpointing the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses so you know where to focus before you start page one.  

 

Advanced Data Analysis: This feature helps you create eye-catching charts and graphs that distill complex data into easily digestible visuals. Think bar charts for chapter and sentence length, line graphs for sentiment trends, and pie charts for comparing a mix of writing styles and tones. 

 

Client Communications: Streamline the feedback process and guide authors through their rewrites more effectively by using ChatGPT to craft editorial reports and other communications. 

 

With ChatGPT's powerful editing tools at your fingertips, you can do the same quality work but faster—helping writers write better and projects stay on time. 
 

The Following Classes Are Available With the Full Course Only:
Class 5
ChatGPT for Copyediting: Making Custom Macros for Superspeed Editing 

Macros are like a magic wand for Microsoft Word. These shortcuts can do many steps at once, making repetitive editing tasks quicker and easier. 

Thanks to ChatGPT, gone are the days of scouring the internet for macro codes and crossing your fingers that they actually work. Now, ChatGPT can whip up custom macros for you in mere minutes. Whether you need project-specific macros or a set of "pre-flight" macros to kick off every new assignment, ChatGPT macros will help you unlock the full powers of Microsoft Word so you can do in a keystroke what used to take hours. 

 

Plus, it makes it so easy that you don’t have to be a tech wiz to create powerful code. But don’t worry. In this class, we’ll go slow, one step at a time, until there’s no mystery behind the magic. 

 

*Beginning knowledge of macros & ChatGPT 4 subscription is strongly recommended for this lesson. 

Class 6
ChatGPT for Freelancers: Boost Your Business With AI Solutions

ChatGPT can help with much more than editing. Editorial freelancers and business owners can use it to make a multitude of tasks quicker and easier.

 

Here are a few areas we'll discuss:

Writing: emails, blogs, social media posts, newsletter content, and more

Admin: meeting agendas, contract drafts, travel arrangements, and more

Marketing: website traffic analysis, SEO help, marketing plans, and more

By the end of this lesson, you'll feel like you've found your new assistant.

With Both Core Curriculum & Full Course:
BONUS Q&A

At the end of your course, meet with your classmates for a bonus Q&A session. You can see more examples of anything from the lessons, discuss AI news, make a game plan for talking about AI with clients, and more.

Hello!

My name is Erin Servais.

I'm a lot of things.

  • I'm a book editor, editor coach, and author coach with 15 years in the publishing industry.

  • I'm an industry expert featured in the Financial Times.

  • I'm a board of directors member for ACES: The Society for Editing and founder of the Editors Tea Club.

  • I'm an educator who's taught for the Professional Editors Network, Editors Canada, ACES: The Society for Editing, the Northwest Editors Guild, and others.

  • I'm a dog mother to my rescue pup, a collector of craft supplies I'll never use, and a morning person.

One thing I'm not? A technological genius. 

I was a farm girl in the '90s. I grew up around corn, not computers. I went on to graduate college magna cum laude, but I had to get extra help in math and logic. I certainly never pictured myself teaching about tech one day.

The reason I was able to excel with ChatGPT so quickly and use it to revolutionize the way I edit is because you don't have to know how to code.

Fundamentally, all you have to know is how to type a question into a box. ChatGPT can do the rest. Where I come in is helping you know the right questions to ask in the right ways to get the best results—and teaching you all of the mind-bendingly awesome things you can do just by asking it questions.

The most comprehensive AI training for editors
on the market!

What You Get:

90-minute live lessons

Bonus closing Q&A session

Recordings of every class

Exclusive online community for students

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I feel like I understand sooooooo much more about ChatGPT now. I can already see so many ways it's going to help me to be a better editor and book coach. You're such a great teacher!

Kimberly Schebler

FAQ

What happens after I join?

You will be emailed a receipt, and I will follow up with more information about joining the class's online group and next steps.

What if I can't attend live?

There will be recordings of every live class made available, and you can join our discussions online anytime.

Do you have a refund policy?

Yes. Of course, I think you're going to love the course. But, if you are unsatisfied with what you're learning, you can request a refund up to 14 days after the course begins for ChatGPT for Editors and up to 6 days for Making Custom Graphics with AI.

Do I have to be a tech genius to understand the material?

Nope! I'm not a tech wiz either. That's the point. With ChatGPT for Editors, you can incorporate everything I'll teach as long as you have basic skills with computers and Microsoft Word. The most advanced technique involves Microsoft Word macros. If you've never used macros before, I'll give you resources to get you started. You got this. 

Is there anything I need to buy for the course?

For ChatGPT for Editors, it's strongly recommended you purchase a subscription for the paid version of ChatGPT. You can do that through OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT. Without it, you won't see the program's full capabilities.

For Making Custom Graphics with AI, it's strongly recommended you purchase a subscription of Midjourney. A subscription to Canva is preferred.

How does the online group work?

Students will have exclusive access to the ChatGPT for Editors Slack group during the length of the course. In the group, there will be articles posted about AI ethics, copyright developments, AI for writers, and other related topics. It's also a place for students to ask questions, troubleshoot, share their ChatGPT experiments, and stay connected between lessons.

How much time will it take?

Each lesson is 90 minutes. It's recommended you spend time practicing your skills between lessons. How much time you spend is up to you.

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