Proofreading Words Is an Art. Let’s Make It Fun.

Sally Olson

Words like “chortle” make me laugh

Teachers often get the blame. In this case, I blame Mr. Galton who brilliantly insisted that my fourth-grade memorize Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky. He hadn’t any idea the kind of trouble he started that day.

When summertime peaked, the words from that poem ensnared Annika and me in boisterous laughter until our guts nearly burst. We were halfway through a 12-hour road trip to Klamath Falls.

Our poor parents.

They thought us cute for the first hour. But, there’s no explaining to two silly nine-year-old girls that “chortle” isn’t funny anymore. Don’t even try. There was no escaping the Rambler that day.

And so began my love of words. Even the made-up kind.

I followed my fascination for words, writing, and communicating to complete degrees in English and Information and Communication Studies. I dreamed about writing snarky, irreverent ADDY Award-winning advertising copy. But, my introverted personality fits comfortably in the role of a proofreader.

So I edited copy to fit newspaper column inches and spiffed-up real estate home flyers for the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest real estate company at the time. I (as part of a team) edited our nation’s laboratories’ technical proposals to the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. That’s when I learned about the great wild burro roundup in New Mexico. I’ll never forget Sparky, the wild burro.

Poor Sparky.

I migrated south (sans burros) to Silicon Valley where I enjoyed a crazy-fast pace among the first-mover, fast-mover, IPO, and start-up crowd. I wrote copy, directed photo shoots, approved blue-line proof sheets, ran press checks, and shipped graphics to New York for a trade event, then hopped on an airplane to meet my shipment at the airport.

Go, go, go.

It was exciting until my children were born. Then a slower, more intentional pace felt right.

So I went home to raise my kids, start a farm with my husband, and live simply while continuing to write.

I kept my ties with my creative friends and began working from home. I’ve been working from home writing and editing for 20-plus. It’s been a joy.

Proofreading is a fun and creative craft

Writing and proofreading are art forms and creating art should be enjoyable. If you want to have fun perfecting your prose, please take a look at my Hire Me page.

I realize it’s forward of me—even presumptive, to ask you to “hire me.” We just met! But, practically speaking, the two-word format fits well with the menu style, so it works in that way. Yes, I would love to work with you to proofread your writing and bring YOUR PERSONALITY to life through YOUR WORDS.

Let’s work together. It will be fun

Hop over to my Hire Me Page to learn more the services I offer and how we can work together.