In this guest post for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), John Espirian sets out 10 tips to help new proofreaders take on their first proofreading job.
As well as upholding editorial standards, the SfEP does a lot to support its members, particularly those new to copy-editing and proofreading. As a director of the Society, I thought I’d pull together a lot of the good advice shared by our experienced members and place it into this blog. So, here’s a video and a written set of tips for newbie proofreaders taking on their first proofreading job:
Here are the 10 tips I came up with:
- Tip 1: Clarify the brief
- Tip 2: Ask for a representative sample of the work
- Tip 3: Get the quote right
- Tip 4: Agree a reasonable deadline
- Tip 5: Check all materials
- Tip 6: Create a checklist of jobs
- Tip 7: Break up the job
- Tip 8: Compile a style guide
- Tip 9: Group all queries
- Tip 10: Ask questions on SfEP forums
To read about the tips in detail and see quotes from experienced members, click the button below to see the full post on the SfEP blog:
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