Frequently Asked Questions
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PAID TO PROOFREAD is an excellent primer for every aspect of getting started with proofreading. There are two parts: the facts, tips, and tricks to finding the proofreading projects; and the workbook. You will learn the symbols and face practice tests that are progressively more challenging. You will learn to create your resume, build experience from the ground up, and cultivate relationships powerfully to keep the enjoyable projects coming. It’s got everything for proofreaders to step powerfully into action.
COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING FOR DUMMIES will take you at a bit more rapid pace, and gives weight to copyediting. If you already have substantial experience with proofreading/copyediting and want to take your skills to the next level, COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING FOR DUMMIES is for you.
A proofreader searches for grammar, syntax, spelling, and continuity issues. Simply put, a proofreader looks for a moment when the reader stops and puzzles over an inconsistency. For example, our heroine’s name is Sabrina from pages 1-234, but then she is suddenly called Samantha on page 235. A proofreader will correct that. A good proofreader will also confirm that numbers are used consistently (spelled out from 1-10, or 1-100?), and that serial comma use is consistent (proofreader, copyeditor, and authors, oh my—a serial comma before the “and”!).
We like to think of a copyeditor as a proofreader who has gone to metaphorical graduate school: a solid copyeditor will truly shape the book, ensuring that chapter lengths are consistent, that the timelines are accurate, and that titles are used properly (she may be Queen Elizabeth, but is “the queen” or “the Queen” capitalized?). If Sabrina has a charming Southern twang that she loses at page 97, a good copyeditor will write that drawl back in.
Therefore, if you like to edit and create clarity in a book, copyediting may be the route for you. If you just love to read and can’t help but catch the boo-boos along the way, well then my friend, you are a proofreader.