I decided that proofreading would be a great path for me. I have a passion for reading and books of all kinds, and I have a knack for spotting errors in published materials. All that remained was to turn my passion and knack into a small, part-time cottage business.
First came the “learning” part. How, exactly, does one become a proofreader? What, exactly, is involved in the proofreading process? What, exactly, would a client expect from me as a professional proofreader?
And, where do throngs of people turn when they want to learn about a skill or area of interest?
The Dummies series of books.
Yep, there is actually a reference book called Copyediting & Proofreading for Dummies, and it turned out to be a great place to start.
Helped me decide between proofreading and copyediting.
I ended up deciding to do both.