Solidus Editorial Solutions Kicks Ass
Before the advent of the Internet (yes, there was a time before the Internet), the printed word had a much longer and expensive journey on its way to reaching the masses. Most everything in those days was printed, so there were numerous checkpoints along the way to ensure the quality and integrity of the copy – including, in most cases, a good, solid proofread by a skilled proofreader.

Nowadays, any knuckle-dragging strap-hanger can post anything they like online with no vetting process whatsoever. Granted, there are vigilant trolls and Grammar Nazis out there who are more than happy to point out a typo, but fixing things on an ex post facto basis still exposes the raw content, warts and all, and will no doubt make future generations wonder why proofreaders were not treated with the same awe and celebrity as, well, celebrities.

Still, in the face of overwhelming odds, there are still awesome things about being a proofreader and proofreaders in general. Here are a few.

  1. You know words others only dream about. I was at a party recently and held the entire attending group in thrall with the word “ampersand.” These were all successful, reasonably intelligent adults, and none of them knew what an ampersand was. It was like showing cavemen fire.

  2. You can ply your trade anywhere. After being laid off by an ad agency, a soon-to-be ex-coworker said to me, “Don’t worry. There’s always work out there for someone who can spell.” It didn’t make me feel any better at the time, but it turned out she was right. There is always work out there for someone who can spell.

  3. You get to speak a secret language. There’s nothing as great as the blank stare you’ll get when you bring the copy back to someone and say, “I found a stack and a ladder. You might want to re-wrap to avoid the river in the second paragraph. There’s also an orphan and a widow. And your kerning’s too tight.”

  4. The wordplay is endless. “Every time you make a typo, the errorists win,” is one of my personal favorites, but I’m also a fan of “Another day, another lorem ipsum dolor.”

  5. You keep the red ink flowing. There isn’t as much call for ink as there used to be, and even less call for red. It’s important to keep those hard-working red ink makers gainfully employed.

  6. You can read dirty books as part of your job. Believe it or not, there are still some adult book stores out there. And those adult book stores carry adult books. And someone’s got to make sure all those naughty words are spelled correctly.

  7. You are, in many ways, like Batman. A silent guardian watching over the English language, striking fear into the hearts of those who would use it for their own nefarious purposes. No matter who you are, that is seriously bad ass.

By Steve Boudreault



 


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09/07/2015 12:50pm

Proof-reading can be a very successful job, but it's a lot of effort and you usually have to have a lot of experience doing it to get any excellent tasks.

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09/10/2015 6:03am

A proofreader should just be verifying for primary punctuation, grammar , and punctuation mistakes. The proofreader should not actually be writing any aspect of your papers.

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09/14/2015 6:04am

There is no such standard examination for proofreaders. However, if you perform through organizations or at a book that has a share of copy writer and/or proofreaders, you may have to take and successfully pass an examination.

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