After finding “THE” book when I was a second-grader, I became an avid reader. I am one of few people who, as a child, got into trouble with both my teachers and my parents for reading too much. I only became more passionate from there to the point of graduating with a BA in English as an adult. Strangely enough, until then, I disliked reading and did everything I could to avoid it. Now you’re lucky if you can get me to put a book down!
As you can imagine, reading is a passion of mine. However, having written material free from distracting errors is essential to keep even the most voracious readers engaged. As I read more and more eBooks, blogs, and anything that has the ability to be published quickly or instantly, I’ve noticed that proofreading seems to have less of a priority. This is unfortunate. While I am sure the writer read everything they wrote, twice, backward and forward, it is extremely difficult to proofread your own work; everybody needs to have second eyes on their written work, even if it is your niece who just learned to read. I do advocate hiring a professional, though, as they have the skill and know-how you need. (I admit: I may be biased.)
If you do go the professional route, I bring my education and my experience to serve you. I studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing for my Bachelor of Arts. I also have applicable experience. For nearly two years, I was the office manager of 18 issues for a regionally and internationally recognized boating magazine, which meant that I was the proofreader, the copy editor, and (sometimes) a writer. Working at the magazine taught me how to edit quickly and accurately as turnaround time was short and deadlines were always looming. I also had to deal with many styles of writing, from the more professional writing from our advertisers to the casual style of our editorial writers, all while keeping their voices in mind.
If you’d like to learn more about me and about how I can help you get your story out, visit my website at www.proofitwithrita.com. If you’re ready to have your story told, contact me at www.proofitwithrita.com/contact.
Years in the field: 8
Years freelancing: 5