I was the kid who would walk to and from school with her nose buried in a book. I read (and still do) every label, flyer, letter — anything — I came across. Were you the same?
As I got older, I started noticing errors in the text I was reading and would seriously get great joy from that. And you want to know what? I still feel like I hit the jackpot whenever I find a mistake in a book. It’s the small things, right?
I started proofreading back in university without really knowing what I was doing. Friends and family knew I was great with words and had an ability to spot typos when few people could, and would ask me to proofread their papers, reports, and even books. And guess what? I did that for FREE because I loved it so much.
And while I loved the opportunities, I have to admit there was always the knowledge that I wasn’t really doing it correctly or at a professional level. Proofreading a student paper in your spare time for free is one thing, but I wanted to do it for a living. I wanted to be a professional editor who could work on anything with confidence. I wanted to be an expert.
It wasn’t until I got serious about my goals that I went to publishing school and learned about the industry and how to edit books, that I knew I had what it takes to succeed as a proofreader and editor.
And when I started freelance editing after graduating, I gained invaluable marketing and business strategies and skills.
In 2017, I figured if I had a dream of working with books and words, that there had to be others like me who wanted to do the same. On top of that, if I had been intimidated by all the language rules, didn’t know a lot about publishing, and got overwhelmed by how to actually start…then I wanted to help.
I’m an editor, I love teaching…so why not merge the two passions and create a go-to site so people could learn about proofreading and editing?
And that’s how Art of Proofreading was born!
So how can I help you?
If you have a passion for reading and can imagine yourself working on your terms, then this blog is for you.
I write value-driven posts, and create helpful free resources and training so you get the foundational editorial knowledge you need. I always aim to serve my readers, and to start, I recommend you enroll in my free 5-day intro course, Proofreading 101.