A story about proofreading
As a child, I remember seeing my Dad reading the newspaper at the breakfast table and circling any errors he spotted.
“My father used to pay me one anna* for any mistake I found,” he told me.
That might have been when I got the idea in my head that you could earn money from proofreading.
As a professional copywriter, it’s my job to get everything right, although I don’t do proofreading for clients any more – members of my team can do that if required.
And people just love it if I make a mistake myself.
Before it was published, I’d had three proofreaders check my Experiential Speaking book (as well as me). I’d gone through about seven proofs. I thought it was OK, and printed 30 copies for the launch party… then spotted a typo on page 11.
I set it as a competition for the audience, and offered a prize to the first person to find the typo.
George Chiesa went through his copy of the book with a fine-tooth comb – argh, he found loads more errors! Including an absolute howler on page 200-and-something. It gave me the chance to fix them all. But even George missed the mistake on page 11, so I didn’t have to award a prize. (Only my Mum spotted that one, and she didn’t want to win anything.)
That was in June 2019.
The version you can buy on Amazon today is typo-free… unless you tell me otherwise.
* Dad lived in India until he was a teenager, and an ‘anna’ was a small coin.