Proofreading is more than just fixing commas. Learn best practices and industry trends so you can work on all kinds of content.

Content is everywhere.

There are over one billion websites in the world.

Hundreds of thousands of publications and books are published in North America alone. That doesn’t even include other kinds of content like business communications, guides, white papers, manuals, brochures, signs, posters, sales material, etc.

You know what all of those words need?

To be proofread.

Hi there! My name is Phon, and I’m a proofreader and editor with over 15 years of experience. I’ve proofread for publishing houses, entrepreneurs, businesses, and writers to name a few. That includes over 1500 fiction and nonfiction books. A few of which have been award-winning and New York Times bestselling novels. I still work as a proofreader, so I always have my eyes open for the latest language trends.

 

Growing up I always had a love of words, and as I got older I had a knack for spotting errors in text and fixing them. I was everyone’s go-to proofreader.

While I was studying media and communications in university I realized Hey, I can actually make money from proofreading! Fast forward a couple years, and a post-graduate certificate in publishing, and voila, I became a professional proofreader!

Over the years I’ve discovered many things about working with content and its impact on the reader, client, and customer. I’ve seen how the rise of content creation has increased the need for well-trained proofreaders who are skilled at preserving a writer’s voice while also polishing it.

 

So what exactly is proofreading?

Proofreading is:

  • reading the final draft of copy for mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and word usage
  • a skill that someone with a great command of English can learn
  • the least intensive form of editing
  • the last step before hitting Publish
  • keeping an eye out for consistency and formatting errors

 

I have a very open and democratic view of language, its use, and the people who use it. If you’re here expecting a strict grammar marm, then Art of Proofreading isn’t the place for you. I need you to have an open mind, whether you want to proofread an academic journal, a fashion blog post, or a tweet.

Language is fluid and democratic and should be fun! I’m going to teach you how to apply proofreading skills in the real world so you can work with diverse styles. You’ll also learn when to break the rules!

 

To proofread, the most important qualities you need are:

  • a great command of English
  • an eye for detail
  • a love of reading
  • the ability to manage business and marketing related duties

 

Proofreading has changed, and clients’ expectations have also changed. Copyediting is often seen as “high-end proofreading,” so that’s why I also teach light copyediting skills in my course Proofreading Pro.

Learning some copyediting skills will make you more marketable and better prepared for projects.

To get started I recommend you sign up for my FREE Intro to Proofreading course. It’s a 5-day email course that’ll give you an overview of the industry, go over common errors, and includes a practice test.

Whether you want to freelance, work in-house, or start a side hustle, you can find helpful advice and tips on this site.

And don’t forget to take our fun quizzes!

Click here to check them out.

I’ve also written a handy ebook on how to start working as a freelance proofreader. The Ultimate Guide to Freelance Proofreading: A Step-By-Step Guide To Working For Yourself is 97 pages of advice, tips, resources, and insights on how to start, launch, and maintain a proofreading biz.

 

Thanks for visiting Art of Proofreading! I hope you’ll visit every week for new articles, quizzes, and workshops. If you have any questions about proofreading, feel free to email me through the contact form below.

Cheers,

Phon
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