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Industry:Book Publishing
Contract Type:Internship/traineeship
Salary or training bursary: N/A
25th and 26th February (Friday and Saturday), 2022
Company:Pan Macmillan
Positive Action Scheme
Apply by:13/12/2021 - 17:00

A Future in Freelancing: Proofreading Skills

Do you love books and have a great eye for detail? Do you want to be able to work from home, choose the projects you work on, and set your own hours? Are you interested in pursuing a career as a freelance proofreader?

Pan Macmillan, in association with the Publishing Training Centre (PTC), is launching a positive action proofreading traineeship for applicants from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in publishing. The scheme includes an industry-recognised proofreading course, sponsored by Pan Macmillan and delivered by the Publishing Training Centre, as well as a trial proofread – for which candidates will be paid – and mentoring from Pan Macmillan editors.

The role of a proofreader is to check a text for typos, grammatical mistakes, inconsistencies and any other errors once it has been laid out in its final format – it’s the last stage of the editorial process. Although some companies may employ proofreaders on staff, by far the majority will hire freelance proofreaders, who work from home, choose their own hours, and can accept or decline whichever projects they wish. Most freelance proofreaders will work with several different publishers, and increasingly with self-published authors as well.

This opportunity would be suited to someone who feels that a traditional office environment is not the right fit for them and who is looking to begin a full-time freelance career, or to someone interested in freelancing part-time alongside other commitments. No previous publishing experience is required, though applicants who have left in-house publishing roles and are interested in returning to the industry on a freelance basis are also welcome.

What you will learn

  • Proofreading training delivered by the Publishing Training Centre. The course will take place on Zoom over two sessions, and you will need to be able to attend both sessions
  • On successful completion of this training, you will be invited to take Pan Macmillan’s proofreading test, and will then be offered the opportunity to complete a (paid) digital proofread, to a deadline – with mentoring and feedback provided by a member of Pan Macmillan’s desk editing team
  • To help support you as you begin your freelance career, you will also receive access to two additional PTC distance learning courses: Essential Grammar and Successful Editorial Freelancing, which you will be able to complete over the following 12 months in your own time

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

No degree or previous experience is required, but you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • Excellent written English, strong spelling and grammar skills
  • A keen reader with a love of books
  • Great attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, able to set your own hours and manage your workload without oversight
  • Good at working to a deadline
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently
  • Digitally literate, with your own computer – you’ll also need Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader installed (free software)
  • Based in the UK or Ireland

To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will not be accepted)
  • In your cover letter, please summarise your background and explain why you are interested in a career as a freelance proofreader and why you think you are suited to it. Please also inform us of any accessibility requirements that you might have in order to be able to complete the training course
  • As part of your application, please also complete this short task
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proofread carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this role to Creative Access at this address: [email protected]

This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is underrepresented in the publishing industry. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, disabled people, people who are neurodivergent, and trans or otherwise gender-nonconforming people.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will also participate in a Creative Access support programme for the duration of the placement or first year of contract that sits alongside workplace training. This includes a programme of induction training, monthly masterclasses, wellbeing support, buddying and more.