Thursday, 31 March 2016

Proofreaders need to be thick-skinned

The publishing industry can be tough, and it plays by its own rules.

Some students on our proofreading and editing course find it a culture shock when they deal with editors and the like.

One told me: ‘I emailed them, enquiring about work, but they didn’t even reply.’

I told them this was normal. Many firms will only contact you if they need to. They’re too busy to deal with every query.

Yes, it can be discouraging when you don't hear back. But it's routine, nothing personal and doesn't always signify bad news.

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