I proofread for different clients, each person is unique and has different needs and expectations. The Institute of Professional Editors Ltd (IPEd) defines proofreading in their Australian standards for editing practice as: “Proofreading is examining material after layout to correct errors in textual and visual elements” (refer to www.iped. http://iped-editors.org/About_editing/Editing_standards.aspx) Of course there’s much more
Here is the information that was posted on Bloom Network’s facebook page – just before I was this month’s ‘Member in Bloom’ at Frankston’s Bloom Network meeting! … August’s Member in Bloom for Frankston Dianne Wadsworth of Gumhill Proofreading. I asked Di to tell us a bit about herself and her business: ‘I provide proofreading
Proofreading Defined by IPEd as: … (usually called this but sometimes known as verification editing) involves checking that the document is ready to be published. It includes making sure that all elements of the document are included and in the proper order, all amendments have been inserted, the house or other set style has been
Today I’m asking the question: do you have a query about your fiction or nonfiction proofreading needs? Do you know how a proofreader can assist you and what I do? Are you unsure if you need your manuscript, business materials or ESL student assignment proofreading? Maybe you think that your project doesn’t need that final
DIY social media Why use social media to promote your small business? Which platforms are best? What products or services are you offering? Come to our workshop to increase your presence on social media and achieve your business goals. Proofreader, Dianne Wadsworth, and editor, Julie Cantrill, will guide you through DIY social media marketing for
Mindfulness is a simple yet effective form of meditation that enables you to gain control of unruly thoughts and behaviours. People who practice mindfulness are more focused, even when they are not meditating. Mindfulness is an excellent technique to reduce stress because it stops you from feeling out of control, stops you from jumping from
Happy New Year from Gumhill Proofreading! Reflecting upon my business I was thinking about my very first customer and why they chose to work with me. My first customer was an author who had published one book previously, using one of the many publishing ‘free’ internet publishing packages. She was completing her second book and
What should the set rates of pay within Australia be for freelance editors and proofreaders? IPEd (The Institute of Professional Editors Ltd) – http://iped-editors.org/– is Australia’s peak body for editors and proofreaders. It has this as one of its biggest challenges on their agenda for review during 2018. Follow this page, or IPEd’s website, for
If I could go back and do one thing differently when my business began it would be this: draft my Business Plan before I started my business. So my advice to you – take a look at: https://www.business.gov.au/info/plan-and-start/templates-and-tools if you’re thinking about starting out on your own.
Follow Your Dreams Being made redundant from part-time employment empowered me to finally follow my dreams. I studied and then set-up my business – www.gumhillproofreading.com.au What is your goal that inspires you each day to follow your dreams? also: What is your Life Quote? If I could be known for just one quote it would
I proofread for an Australian publisher whose business is in the new age industry. I consider them one of my best customers. This is because their projects resonate with me and assist me during my everyday life without being overpowering. I can see exactly how, through my working with them, their products make a difference
Don’t you doubt it for one minute … the future of publishing still lies in hard-copy printed as well as electronic-format books. There’s room for both and don’t we just love to read! What are you reading at the moment?
My first mentor was Jeff. The best lessons I learnt from him were consistency and accuracy. It’s amazing what a difference advice and help from a mentor can make in one’s business journey. Who is yours?
Apart from my husband, whose continued support is invaluable, Lynn was the inspiration for opening the doors to my business. As a committed volunteer for the Lions Clubs of Australia and also full-time Secretary of a not-for-profit organisation how she found the time to give me her support freely I do not know. But she
Nick had this to say about our working experience together: “Dianne, from Gumhill Proofreading, provides an excellent service, one you can rely upon for its carefulness, intelligent application and economy. Most highly recommended.”
Intuition has had a strong influence on my business. For example, I rang a publisher to introduce myself and let them know about Gumhill Proofreading. When you contact someone this way it is known as a ‘cold call’. On several separate occasions I spoke with the person who owned the business. They advised they didn’t
My favourite website for proofreaders and editors is the Australian Macquarie Dictionary – www.macquariedictionary.com.au There’s so much to look at there, it’s not just a dictionary and thesaurus – check out the annual Word of The Year.
Three popular posts this week on LinkedIn were: Naomi Simpson, Entrepreneur, “Good news for retailers”. Malini Devadas, Academic Coach and Writer, “For anyone interested in improving their academic writing, my blog may be useful”. HarperCollins Publisher, Publisher, “Was mentioned in the news (The Guardian)”. (Source: LinkedIn)
My biggest wake-up call was finding a spelling mistake in a manuscript I had proofread. This led me to investigate the use of an additional tool to assist me. A software program PerfectIt (by Intelligent Editing). I now use this to help with the proofreading of larger Word documents. It is a useful tool but
A quotation from the back cover blurb of the almighty Louise Harnby’s Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business: “Every business owner needs a marketing strategy in order to compete effectively … premised on the concept of being interesting and discoverable …” Of course her book is fascinating reading for the small business owner.
The biggest struggle my business has faced is becoming “known”. I overcame it by face-to-face networking, online and social media networking. Nothing beats having a chat over coffee with another business owner and sharing your passions. If you want to catch-up over a coffee sometime and learn how I can add value to your business
Why is Gumhill Proofreading different from other small businesses? Having a passion for your business and becoming known as the person to go to when you want to know that your work is the best it can be.
How I set up my week for success – using my Antplanner. It lets me see my goals and tasks for the week, the month and the year. Having the bigger picture and breaking those things into achievable tasks that are sitting in front of me inspires me onwards!