Thursday, August 02, 2007

Proofreading for $8/hour

On Craig's List Denver, I found a post that seems all too typical for editorial work:

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Proofreader: This position pays $8.00 per hour. The ideal candidate will be able to work up to 10 hours per week, with the understanding that hours vary per project and are not guaranteed. Projects must be completed within 48 hours of assignment unless prior arrangements have been made.

Requirements for this position include:

* Ability to work up to 10 hours per week and return assignments on time, error-free.
* One year experience with Macromedia Dreamweaver.
* Two years experience with Microsoft Word.
* Complete understanding of basic HTML, including table structures, heading tags, paragraph tags, and other basic formatting tags.
* Ability to follow detailed instructions.

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Of course, typical rates for proofreading are much higher, closer to $20-35/hour, but I fear they are dropping. In the editorial-design realm, I've seen much of the graphic design work outsourced and now the editorial work is being outsourced as well, with only final copyedits made in the U.S. This seems to drive down the price.

Sigh.