Content is everywhere.
As it is, 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.
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 had a little proofreader sitting on my shoulder and 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 book and magazine publishing, and voila, I started my career as a 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?
- reading the final draft of copy for mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation and word usage
- a skill that someone with a good 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