I was the type of kid that absolutely loved swapping papers with my classmates and making corrections on them. I even volunteered to proofread friends’ theses in college. My love for proofreading and natural talent for picking out typos and inconsistencies stayed with me throughout my early adult years, but I never really knew how to hone that skill more or apply it to a career. I ended up discovering a course that focuses on how to proofread court transcripts, and I was absolutely floored!
During my course, I read and annotated over 3,000 pages of actual court transcripts in order to practice and learn what to expect when proofreading court transcripts. Extra words; missing words; missing or extra punctuation; formatting inconsistencies; incorrect dates, names, and times are just a few of the possible errors that can occur in a court transcript that I am able to identify and correct. I have experience proofreading interpreted proceedings as well as court transcripts with medical, technical, and construction terminology. I also have experience proofreading hearings, depositions, and examinations under oath.
I pride myself on being very thorough, professional, and customer service oriented. I was taught according to Morson’s, and I use The Gregg Reference Manual and Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation by Margie Wakeman Wells as references when I proofread. I understand that court reporters can sometimes have preferences for punctuation and other transcript requirements. I have all new and potential clients fill out a preference sheet in order for me to know how best to proofread their transcripts.
I am also open to proofreading for anyone who is interested. Writers, bloggers, businesses, students, publications, and newspapers are more than welcome to contact me and see my FAQs for more information.
If you’re a court reporter who would like to free up your time to take on more clients or would like more time to spend with family or friends rather than sit and stare at your own work for hours on end, go to my contact me page for more information!