Become a Proofreader or Editor
So, you want to become a proofreader? Well, good news! You can, and there are plenty of options for you.
There’s a staggering number of websites out there. At last count, there were just about 1 billion (yes, 1 billion) active websites in existence. When you put together all the online content with print (newspapers, ads, magazines, pamphlets, etc.), that sure does make for a whole lot of copy — copy that needs to (or at least should) be proofread before it goes live or to print.
Recommended for grammar enthusiasts and avid readers
Start-up costs: none – although it would be very useful to invest in a tool like Grammarly to help you catch more errors; it’s a lot more powerful than a regular word processor and can catch a lot more errors (even complex errors that are much more difficult to spot)
If you love reading – and hate errors – then this might just be the perfect way for you to make some extra money online.
And in this era when literally anyone with an Internet connection can self-publish easily, there’s a lot of work to go around.
Besides, it’s not just novelists that need editing and proofreading services; bloggers, businesses and the like often create complex pieces of content that require that little bit of extra care.
Plus, you don’t need a bachelors’ in English (or another language) to get stared; as a freelancer, you can get started right away – if you’re not good, then that will speak in of itself.
However, it’s important to understand that editing a book isn’t just proofreading; it’s a lot more than that; you also need to be very aware of things like:
- Character development
- Plot inconsistencies
- Language and style inconsistencies
- Clarity and authenticity
So it’s not just a simple case of changing “their” to “there” or shortening a few sentences here and there; rather, it’s understanding what the author wants to get across, what their message is and who are their characters so that you can provide constructive feedback that will genuinely help improve their writing.
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