Join Our Team as a Proofreader
This website drives you a little crazy because you see little inconsistencies everywhere. You notice that sometimes a word is capitalized and at other places, it’s not. Those missing commas …. oh my goodness, how they haunt you. Those details are things you not only live to find but also drive you a bit crazy when they are left unattended.
You know the Chicago Manual of Style by heart and will back up your choices in proofreading with the CMOS rules.
You double-check that names, places, and even facts are accurate for fun. You can spot a grammar and punctuation error a mile away, yet, most importantly, you are efficient and fun to work with.
Bonus points if you are familiar with interior layout of books and can even offer some insights when spacing or other design issues could be present on a final layout of a manuscript.
If that sounds like you, and you have time in your schedule to handle 2-5 manuscripts every month, then we’d like to hear from you.
What is your role?
You will be an external and independent contractor – one of our proofreaders on call.
Your primary point of contact will be our Book Production Manager, but your ultimate goal is to delight our customers by providing the professional polish to the manuscripts!
Book Launchers helps entrepreneurs and professionals publish high-quality non-fiction books. But, this is not a traditional publishing company. Our authors retain all control and ownership over the content and keep all royalties. We provide the team and the guidance to help our authors not only write and publish, but also to achieve their business objectives through their book. It’s not just about selling books (although we help guide them through how to sell books too!). It’s about using a book to build a business, boost a brand, become a recognized expert all while sharing valuable expertise and experience with others.
Your role is important because you’ll be helping us ensure our authors are publishing a polished book. In fact, our clients actually hold our proofreading to a higher standard than a traditional publisher because they never want to look self-published!
Our process has five phases:
- Pen to Paper (Writing Your Book)
- Process (Editing)
- Publishing (Design, Layout, & Set Up with Printing and Distribution)
- Platform (Building the business around the book including website, social media, and other services offered around the book)
- Promote (Selling the book).
You’ll play a very important role in the Process phase if you’re the first proofread, and if you’re doing the final proofread in Publishing (layout) before it goes to print, you are the final eyes that need to spot any other little typos or issues that have crept in during layout.
Every project has a timeline so we will have a rough idea of when we’ll need you, so you can plan your schedule accordingly, but as our proofreader on call, we do have tight turnaround deadlines (usually less than 6-10 business days) and ask if you can’t fit it into your schedule, you’ll notify us immediately so we can send it to another proofreader.
Head over to the ‘Join Our Team‘ page and complete the form, and we’ll send you a short proofreading test.!
If this doesn’t sound right for you, but you know someone who would be perfect for this position, please pass it along and make sure we know who to thank if we hire them. 🙂