Get Paid to Read Books and Point Out Other People's Mistakes

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  • 1. What Do Prooofreaders Do? “ The Essential Qualities of a Good Proofreader Are to Love Reading and Pointing out the Mistakes of Others.” Danny Marcus © 2003
  • 2. The Editorial Process Writer puts words on paper Text is edited Text is designed Text is set into type Text is proofread Corrected text is sent to printer
  • 3. Proofreaders Fulfill the Function of Editorial Quality Control
    • Proofreaders check the work of the typesetter
    • Proofreaders check the work of the copy editor
    • Proofreaders check the work of the designer
  • 4. Some Proofreading Is Specialized
    • Financial
    • Foreign languages
      • Foreign alphabets
    • Math and other technical material
    • Legal
      • Court Reporters
    • Music
    • Braille
    • Maps
  • 5.
    • Check the words and everything about them
    • Check consistency
    • Check overall appearance
      • This is not a check of design specifications
    Three General Responsibilities
  • 6. Check the Words and Everything About Them
    • 100% responsibility for
    • Spelling
      • Consistency of spelling
      • Incorrect spelling
        • Missing, or wrong, or extra letters, or letters in the wrong order
        • All the correct letters but something else is wrong
    • Hyphenation
    • Less than 100% responsibility for
      • Grammar
      • Punctuation
      • Word usage
      • Interpretability
    • Less responsibility than above for
      • Factual correctness
  • 7.
    • of Spel1ing
    • of Punctuation
    • Of Format
    • of Style
    • of Layout
    • of Factual statements
    Check Consistency l lc
  • 8. Check Overall Appearance
    • Text shouldn’t run into artwork
    • Text shouldn’t run into the next column or off the page
    • Too short a line in the middle of a paragraph
    • Differently sized text in an odd place
    • Uneven spacing between words
    • Lowercase letter L in place of number 1
    • “ Dumb” quotes in place of “smart” quotes
  • 9. Books and Work Tools
    • Dictionary
      • Specialized
      • Foreign language
      • Speller/divider
    • Usage guides
      • Prescriptivist
      • Descriptivist
    • Style guides
    • Reference books
      • Almanac
        • Atlas
      • Grammar
    • Erasable pencil
      • Carmine Red is best color
    • Big block eraser
    • Self-sticking notes
    • Straightedge
    • Calculator
      • Proofread math
    • Magnifier
    • Type scale
  • 10. Sample Proofreading Marks
    • Typographic symbols
    • Punctuation symbols
    delete insert Close up Insert period Insert comma Insert apostrophe
  • 11. Danny Marcus
    • Print and electronic formats
    • Teacher of Proofreading
    • 62 Washington Street, Suite 2
    • Marblehead, Mass. 01945-3553
    • 781-631-3886/ emildanelle@yahoo.com
    • Copy Editor
    Proofreader
  • 12. Danny Marcus Word Worker 781-631-3886 The End