Paid to Proofread

Paid to Proofread The book

Copyediting & Proofreading for Dummies


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a "hard copy" of the book, rather than an e-book download?
Well, we give a thumbs-up to saving as many trees as possible, but we do offer the hard copy of PAID TO PROOFREAD for $45. Shipping is included within the Continental US—no international shipping please. Go to the products page and order your copy today.
How long will it take until I'm earning a six-figure income?
If you're asking this question, you're hungry enough to make it happen quickly by using all the resources spelled out in the book, PAID TO PROOFREAD. Some proofreaders are happy with one project per month; others want two a week. It took Sue about 6 years to get to a six-figure income…but then again, she didn't have a great book to show her all the shortcuts like you do. There are students who have gotten to six figures within three years, been able to quit their day jobs, and simply get paid to read the literature they enjoy. Do us the great favor of sharing your successes with us by emailing HERE so we can brag about you!
I see that Sue wrote two books, PAID TO PROOFREAD and COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING FOR DUMMIES. What is the difference between those books and which should I start with?
PAID TO PROOFREAD is an excellent primer for every aspect of getting started with proofreading. There are two parts: the facts, tips, and tricks to finding the proofreading projects; and the workbook. You will learn the symbols and face practice tests that are progressively more challenging. You will learn to create your resume, build experience from the ground up, and cultivate relationships powerfully to keep the enjoyable projects coming. It's got everything for proofreaders to step powerfully into action.

COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING FOR DUMMIES will take you at a bit more rapid pace, and gives weight to copyediting. If you already have substantial experience with proofreading/copyediting and want to take your skills to the next level, COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING FOR DUMMIES is for you.
So, what's the difference between copyeditors and proofreaders, anyway?
A proofreader searches for grammar, syntax, spelling, and continuity issues. Simply put, a proofreader looks for a moment when the reader stops and puzzles over an inconsistency. For example, our heroine's name is Sabrina from pages 1-234, but then she is suddenly called Samantha on page 235. A proofreader will correct that. A good proofreader will also confirm that numbers are used consistently (spelled out from 1-10, or 1-100?), and that serial comma use is consistent (proofreader, copyeditor, and authors, oh my—a serial comma before the "and"!).

We like to think of a copyeditor as a proofreader who has gone to metaphorical graduate school: a solid copyeditor will truly shape the book, ensuring that chapter lengths are consistent, that the timelines are accurate, and that titles are used properly (she may be Queen Elizabeth, but is "the queen" or "the Queen" capitalized?). If Sabrina has a charming Southern twang that she loses at page 97, a good copyeditor will write that drawl back in.

Therefore, if you like to edit and create clarity in a book, copyediting may be the route for you. If you just love to read and can't help but catch the boo-boos along the way, well then my friend, you are a proofreader.
I found the reading part of PAID TO PROOFREAD pleasant, but to be honest, I'm more interested in earning some serious additional income. Do you have other ideas?
So glad you asked! Yes, we have lots of ideas. Sue was assigned some terrific proofreading projects on personal finance and money, and she developed a passion for teaching people how to create multiple streams of income. In fact, what Sue's team is working on now is the creation of 15 millionaire entrepreneurs in 5 years. Visit or fill out the questionnaire so we can customize some solid options for you —whether they are real estate, beginning your own information business, internet franchising, the stock market…there are tons of fun ways to create additional income streams and have a ball doing it!


When my son was 3 months old, we hopped on a plane to Miami for a quick vacation. I packed a proofread with me: Jonathan Kellerman’s latest thriller. There is nothing better than sitting under an umbrella on the beach, my son frolicking with my sister, as I read a fabulous suspense story—one that paid for the entire trip. That is the spirit of being a freelancer.
- Lauren Demming


I’m a Jeopardy! freak. After I started proofreading, I noticed that since I’ve been reading a little bit about a lot of things, I get so many more questions right . . . and faster than the contestants on the show. I plan on getting a slot on Jeopardy! next year. Brad Rutter won over a million dollars in 2002. I’m going to beat that. I’m completely serious.
- Chris Hemple


It’s a great little secret, my proofreading. I am a writer, which heaven knows is anything but steady. But between writing gigs, I get to read other writers’ work . . . and make money doing it! It’s like getting paid to do research for my own writing career . . . plus, it covers my rent every month and then some.
- Leigh Anderson


I wish there had been a proofreading program in school so that I would have known about this sooner. I don’t have to answer to anybody, I can read all day in my pajamas and fuzzy slippers, and I have such a comfortable work environment—my home. Who knew?
- Wanda Roderiguez
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