Proofreader and Cold Reader - Freelance

Penguin Random House LLC - New York, NY 10022 (Midtown area)
$31 an hour

Job details Salary $31 an hour Full Job Description

The Production Editorial department of Penguin Publishing Group is seeking freelancers for proofreading and cold reading work. Freelancers will work on a variety of adult fiction and nonfiction books for imprints across Penguin. To apply, please read the description below and email [email protected]. Do not apply through the PRH portal.


Proofreader Responsibilities:

  • Proofread typeset text and mark any errors electronically using Adobe Acrobat’s commenting tools
  • Currently all proofreading is done in PDF form, but familiarity with hard copy proofreading and proofer’s marks is a plus
  • Check page proofs against copyedited manuscript in Word to see if any errors have been introduced during typesetting
  • Verify that text follows the style sheet created by the copy editor, as well as The Chicago Manual of Style, specific imprint styles, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate dictionary spellings/capitalizations
  • Check running heads, design, and chapter titles and numbers against Contents and look for inconsistencies
  • Check for bad breaks and stacks
  • Fact-check and verify all proper nouns; ensure that the timeline is correct
  • Maintain author’s voice and style; query instead of changing anything that is not an outright error
  • If proofreading a book with notes, check all note numbers, trailing phrases, and sources; if proofreading blind endnotes, fill in page numbers


Cold Reader Responsibilities:

  • Closely read/review typeset text and mark any errors electronically using Adobe Acrobat’s commenting tools
  • Follow book style sheet, The Chicago Manual of Style rules, specific imprint styles for marking changes, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate dictionary spelling/capitalization
  • Check running heads, design, and chapter titles and numbers against Contents and look for inconsistencies
  • Check for bad breaks and stacks
  • Maintain author’s voice and style; query instead of changing anything that is not an outright error
  • If cold reading a book with notes, check all note numbers, trailing phrases, and sources; if cold reading blind endnotes, fill in page numbers
  • Occasionally you may be asked to check first-pass changes against second pass to verify that changes were input correctly


Essential Requirements/Qualifications:

PRH freelancers should be on time in meeting deadlines and able to read at a pace of around 10–20 pages per hour, although this can vary, depending on the book. All potential freelancers will be required to take a proofreading and/or cold reading test. This is not a guarantee of work and is a freelance position with no benefits. Freelancers who do well on the test will be added to our database and contacted about projects by individual production editors on the team. The current PRH rate is $31/hour for proofreading/cold reading. This is subject to change, depending on the title and the schedule. If you are interested in copy editing or indexing work, please see our job posting in the “Experienced” section of the PRH Careers website.


To apply:
Email [email protected] with your résumé. While prior formal experience is not required, candidates should have access to and familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style and a keen eye for detail. Please indicate whether you are interested in proofreading and/or cold reading in your email, as well as any genre preferences you have. You will be contacted to take a test.


Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution. Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others. More information can be found at http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/.


Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.


Company:
Penguin Random House LLC

Country: United States of America

State/Region: New York

City: New York

Postal Code: 10022

Job ID: 138641

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