Monday, February 25, 2013

Is Proofreading School Required?

So, as promised, I'm coming to report on the work I've done since I enrolled in school. Yes my confidence is up a bit. No, not as high as I had hoped, BUT...

I have taken on several projects as a result of that little confidence and have actually begun proofreading and editing. Thus far, my projects have included:
  • Proofreading business literature for my place of work
  • Proofreading and editing a collage paper for a family member
  • Proofreading and editing of a query letter and the first ten pages of a novel
  • Landed an internship at a publishing house working on ebooks and proofread my first book

So not a ton of work, but not 0 work either. It is still a resume booster though not yet an income booster. That's okay! I'm farther now than I was four months ago! I want to encourage all of you that you can do it if you want to. Stop dreaming and just do it!

I also highly recommend, for a confidence boost and a quick look into the life of a proofreader, the No-Nonsense Proofreading Course. You can get tons of books, study materials, free tests etc from his site for about $30. It's pretty awesome! I didn't feel the least bit scammed as I had even lost my ebooks, emailed Mike Sellars (the man behind the course), and he so generously provided the link to me again without demanding proof of purchase. Clearly this is a guy that cares about educating people and not the money. *At least I think so * It was what really kicked off my proofreading business and desire. So take a leap, it's not much money, and use it to get an idea of what proofreading is all about. No, I am no affiliated with Mike, just a happy customer who thinks he deserves more business. You shouldn't pay for a proofreading course. Copy editing yes, but proofreading, probably not.

Anyway, I'm off to work on the novel.

From one writer,


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