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Any freelance proof readers on here?

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PuffTheMagicDragon Fri 15-Apr-05 11:43:50

Prior to teaching, I did a lot of proof reading as part of the pr/marketing job I had. I always found it strangely theraputic.

I'm interested in doing it on a freelance basis and just wondered if I can pick someone's brains.

happymerryberries Fri 15-Apr-05 11:44:37


Or me?

PuffTheMagicDragon Fri 15-Apr-05 11:44:52

he he he therapeutic .

Just testing!

katierocket Fri 15-Apr-05 11:46:42

there was a thread about this ages ago. There is a an association you join IFIRC.

ponygirl Fri 15-Apr-05 11:47:52

Hi there Puff. I'm not currently working, but I was an active freelance editor and proofreader for about 5 years. I stopped completely when I was pg with ds2 about 2.5 years ago. I may have to go back to it sometime soon though.

Anything I can do to help?

snafu Fri 15-Apr-05 11:48:27

I have done it in the past (not that you'd know from my sppeling and grandmar). CAT me/pick brains on here by all means. Can't promise I'll be a mine of useful info though!

PuffTheMagicDragon Fri 15-Apr-05 11:49:48

ponygirl, can I CAT you to discuss further?

ponygirl Fri 15-Apr-05 11:50:06

SFEP - Society of Freelance Editors and Proofreaders. They have a website here .

PuffTheMagicDragon Fri 15-Apr-05 11:50:14

Oh, and you snafu

ponygirl Fri 15-Apr-05 11:50:57

Please do, Puff!

snafu Fri 15-Apr-05 11:54:29

Yup, CAT away.

JoolsToo Fri 15-Apr-05 11:55:38

puff - just looking at your first post and thought 'oops!' then saw your second

snowfallinthesahara Tue 19-Apr-05 22:59:07

im just hoping for a bit of advice that id be very grateful for!
what could i do to break into the field freelance proofreading?
ive no qualifications but hv been looking into appylying to a proofreading course like chapterhouse to get into the good are these courses?
and once u get thru the required qualifications,how well do beginners fare if they market themselves?

Polgara2 Sat 30-Apr-05 23:32:51

Thought I'd resurrect this as its something I'm interested in. Anyone got any advice re these questions by snowfalletc? It looks to be hard to break into but need something I can do from home too.

Polgara2 Sun 01-May-05 15:51:29


snafu Sun 01-May-05 16:51:47

I have to be honest and say that I wouldn't waste your money on something like Chapterhouse. When I worked as an editor I used to get letters on a daily basis from people who wanted to break into freelance proofreading and those CVs that offered 'I passed my Chapterhouse course with merit' usually went straight in the bin . It's an extremely competitive market and those who do well are generally the ones with previous publishing/editorial experience and/or a specific area of expertise. It really is quite hard to get into 'cold', as it were.

However, the SfEP (link below) does run courses that will be more highly-regarded than the courses you find in the back of Sunday supplements and will also be able to offer you more information on breaking into the industry. Sorry to sound harsh (and please remember that I haven't worked in the industry for a good few years now!) but, imo, Chapterhouse and their ilk are a total waste of time and money.

Polgara2 Tue 03-May-05 21:53:54

Thanks Snafu. You have really just confirmed what I suspected anyway - not that I could afford the extortionate course fees those type of places are charging! I feel there must be a route to get into it if I haven't worked in publishing before but I have yet to hear from anyone who has achieved it! Hmmm back to the drawing board it would seem.

roisin Tue 03-May-05 22:24:18

Polgara - do you have a specialist area of interest? Sometimes small specialist publishers are looking for freelancers. I had some publishing experience (used to work for OUP), and through some personal contacts a small firm paid for me to do an editing course (with Book House - who are more highly regarded than Chapterhouse!). They invited me on their residential editing conference too, which was interesting, and offered me work (obviously, as they had a vested interest in me!) But I decided it wasn't really for me, as working from home didn't really fulfil my needs. Also the pay is really quite poor when you take into account no pension, no sick pay, no holiday pay, etc., etc., etc.

Having said that I am doing a little job at the moment for a friend; and I do enjoy it.

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