My colleague, editor and manuscript critiquer Sophie Playle, invited me to write a guest post for her Playle Editorial Services blog. Sophie's blog is very much focussed on resources for writers, and since she doesn't offer proofreading within her own service portfolio she asked me to explain what I do and how it differs from other editorial functions such as editing.
Here's a short excerpt ...
I set up my freelance proofreading business in 2006. Prior to that, I’d worked in publishing houses since graduating in 1989. Publishers, like any other business, have their own jargon. Walk into the editorial or production departments of any publishing house and you’ll hear terms such as ‘casting off’, ‘widow’, ‘orphan’, and ‘demy quarto’.
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