My colleague, editor and manuscript critiquer Sophie Playle, invited me to write a guest post for her Liminal Pages blog. Sophie's blog is very much focused 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’.
Louise Harnby is a fiction line editor, copyeditor and proofreader who specializes in helping self-publishing writers prepare their novels for market.
She is the author of several books on business planning and marketing for editors, and runs online courses from within the Craft Your Editorial Fingerprint series. She is also an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and an Author Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Louise loves books, coffee and craft gin, though not always in that order.
Visit her business website at Louise Harnby | Proofreader & Copyeditor, say hello on Twitter at @LouiseHarnby, or connect via Facebook and LinkedIn.
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