Literature that stopped time- when a time-traveller meets his favourite writers

The Holodeck, a Tardis, a dream, or just my mind. However I got there, it just happened. Back and forth, to and fro. The greatest authors, at least in my mind. There they were, Sir Authur Conan Doyle among them.

“My Dear Watson. How do you do?” he asked, pipe in mouth and donning a brown, checkered hat and thick, tweed jacket. Continue reading

I Can Get Paid to Read Books? (Guest Post)

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“I would love to get paid to read books! But I don’t have any experience! Where to begin?”

The act of building proofreading experience is going to do two things for you. First, it’s going to teach you how to do the job. Second, it’s going to give you experience that you can put on your résumé in order to get more jobs.

  1. It’s going to teach you how to do the job
  2. It’s going to give you experience for your resume in order to get more jobs

This is one of those chicken and egg situations. How do you get a proofreading job without knowing how to proofread? And how do you learn how to proofread without doing proofreading jobs? You can take all the classes you want and read every “how-to” book on the market, but quite simply, you just need to begin. The best way to learn how to proofread is to dive right in, whether or not you know the proofreading symbols or how to employ them. Chances are, if you are dealing with local publications and personal material—which you will be doing—the people you will be working for won’t know how to interpret them anyway.

The purpose of these first jobs is for you to create a serviceable pool of experience that you can put on your first résumé. Keep a list of the jobs you complete as you are building experience.

Reach out- Get in Touch with Someone (in a Corona-approved Fashion)

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You may have heard that everyone on Earth is separated from everyone else by no more than six relatives or friends. Take advantage of these six commas of separation through your immediate circle of associates. Networking through friends and family is a time-honored and non-threatening place to begin any experience-building adventure. Make contact with everyone listed in your Rolodex. Don’t dismiss anyone out of hand. You may be pleasantly surprised by who can help you.

When contacting your network, simply communicate the following: “Friends, I am beginning my proofreading career. Right now, to gain different kinds of experience, I’m looking for any sort of project that needs a second eye.” If you have friends in business, you can proofread their brochures, business cards, correspondence, or even a restaurant menu. A friend in school may need someone to look over a thesis or dissertation. Someone you know (or a “friend of a friend”) may even work in some sort of publishing job and will let you come in and trail them for a day. Or perhaps they will let you swing by and poke your head in on a project.

Let’s Get Loud

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The squeaky wheel gets the grease. If no one knows that you’ve decided to take on proofreading as a career change, no one will be able to help you. If you don’t get a response to your first assault, ask again. People need to be gently prodded. And prodded.

Boo-Boo, Thy Name Is Internet

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The Internet is an incredible resource for practice materials, offering two great benefits: instant access and anonymity. And because you can communicate with people online through written correspondence, it is a very comfortable way to start practicing the skill of approaching unfamiliar people.

Have you ever found an error on a website? (Only once every five minutes, it seems!) There’s your opportunity to reach out and land yourself a job. Reach out, say hello, politely point out the error, and offer to proofread the entire site at a discounted, Coronavirus-friendly rate. You’ll be well on your way to earning income in your PJs.

As you build experience, you can build referrals, which leads to more work and more joy for your brain and your wallet.

Wishing you joy on your proofreading journey,

Sue Gilad

To find out more about how to get paid for proofreading, read Sue Gilad’s book Paid to Proofread. It reveals the secrets of becoming a professional proofreader, and how one can earn a six-figure income reading books before they get published. Readers will learn how to develop a competitive resume and cover letter, make contacts and foster relationships with potential employers, and use proofreading symbols effectively to correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The book also features proofreading tests for further practice.  Gilad began freelance proofreading to subsidize her acting career in New York. During this time, she has proofread over 1200 books for Random House, Simon & Schuster, John Wiley & Sons, St. Martin’s Press, Oxford University Press, Workman Publishing and Kensington Publishing, among others. To purchase an electronic copy of Paid to Proofread for $24.99, please visit www.paidtoproofread.com. Print copies and a five-segment video course are also available for purchase.

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The Latecomers by Rich Marcello

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

294 pages
Published January 15th 2020 by Moonshine Cove Publishing


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Maggie and Charlie Latecomer, at the beginning of the last third of their lives, love each other but are conflicted over what it means to age well in a youth-oriented society. Forced into early retirement and with grown children in distant cities, they’ve settled into a curbed routine, leaving Charlie restless and longing for more.
When the Latecomers and their friends discover a mystical book of indecipherable logographs, the corporeal world and preternatural world intertwine. They set off on a restorative journey to uncover the secrets of the book that pits them against a potent corporate foe in a struggle for the hearts and minds of woman and men the world over.
A treatise on aging, health, wisdom, and love couched in an adventure, The Latecomers will make readers question the nature of deep relationships and the fabric of modern society.
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Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers’ Ball by S.P. O’Farrell

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Genre: Children’s book, Mystery

My Rating: 5/5 stars


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Simone leads a double life.
As a covert agent, she walks in the footprints of her spy mother, darting between the shadows. If she’s not sleuthing, she’s icing eclairs and dusting pastries in her father’s patisserie.
When a notorious thief returns to Paris, the patisserie is threatened, and Simone questions everything. She and her father must participate in the exclusive Chocolatiers’ Ball to redeem themselves and catch the thief. Simone’s concealed life is crumbling, the shop hangs in the balance . . . and now she needs a ball gown!
Life in a French patisserie may not be as sweet as she thought.
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I See that by Romana Romanyshyn

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Having read the other book which was about sound and adoring it a lot, I finally decided to pick this one up and it is also a Bologna Ragazzi Award Winner. This book undertakes all topics related to sight and explains many hard to understand concepts through easy language and illustrations. The book covers the functioning of microscopes and telescopes, teaches one what is the use of spectacles and much more like optical illusions and colour shades too.

The book is very simply but cleverly written for a young reader. It does encompass a lot of topics and yet it never gets boring or overwhelming. The book has just 56 pages and is meant for readers aged 8-12 years but since I consider myself a kid at heart and love reading children’s book just to understand how communication with them can be made easier, I was quite amazed with the content of this book. The pictures and illustrations especially are so bright, colourful and attractive. Though it is a small book, it is a wonderful read. It covers a broad range of topics to give answers to the questions your young ones might have (the ones that you find too annoying to answer).

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Second Go: First-hand account of a liver transplant recipient’s journey in India by Radhika Sachdev

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Second Go: First-hand account of a liver transplant recipient’s journey in India is a book written by a journalist and an experienced content writer. I’m sure she would never have imagined that she would be giving life to the words reliving her own moments of life slipping away. It was quite an inspiring book and the author has weaved the tale of her fears, the emotional impact on the family so well that one can easily imagine it all happening before one’s eyes. The book begins from the portion where the author begins looking for liver donors. There is a worry for the cost and the survival chances. It is all very realistically put together and nowhere in the book does one loose that personal touch, since it is non-fiction, it brings the reader more closer to the events. The one thing that I kept in mind while reading this book was that it was a successful transplant since the author was alive to write this book and so even when it got a bit upsetting in the book, I kept on reading. This book shows how life can sometimes give you a second chance.

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My First Padded Book of Numbers

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This is a book that will teach your kid counting and different numbers. The information is quite elementary but who doesn’t hate math?  But this book makes learning easy and most importantly fun. It is important to teach maths on an early stage. Young children have a sharp memory and the things instilled int heir minds at an early stage remain there for a long time. It is a hard bound book and is quite engaging. It has mathematical numbers that can teach your kid how to count. The book is so stylishly designed that it makes learning fun for kids and children love it. The book has just twenty-four pages and is also one of the best padded books in the series. This book is meant for kindergarten kids as a pre-school measure for teaching early mathematical skills. The numbers are written in a good font appealing to children along with supportive images. the images are well researched and can be easily distinguished. Would definitely recommend this book to people looking towards teaching their children or the little kids in their families.

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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A little princess on the surface looks like it is a kid’s book but when one ponders upon the underlying theme of coping with loss through imagination, it turns out to be one of the most profound books. Sara is a little princess of her father and nicknamed the same by her friends. But when her father dies while she is still young, how will that perception save her? I really liked Sarah’s character and the writing style of the book. It is a remarkable book that has been adapted into many movies and TV shows. I liked this author’s Secret Garden which is the only reason I even thought of picking this book up and I am amazed how beautifully the author is able to create such books which are both light-hearted yet make one wonder about the depth of the story. It is a children’s book which adults can enjoy as well. The characters are all written out to be realistically young, yet they possess the quality  of mature characters. Once can easily understand why this book is also one of the classics.

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My First 1000 Words

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My First 1000 Words is a kid-appropriate book of learning that contains enough pictures and words to keep the kid engaged for a long time. Since it is a book full of colourful pictures, children like it very much and it is good for the growth of their vocabulary. It has words related to the human body, different professions of the world, Birds and Animals, transport and what not. The book itself is cost-effective with a nice print and use of the big font. The pages are also good enough.

The book has just 64 pages and so is quite short. It is meant for kids aged between 1 to 5 years. The book is quite useful and worth the money if you wish to teach your kid some easy basic words. The only problem is that unlike the other books by the same publisher, this one is not a padded or a hardcover book and so kids might try to tear it up. That’s quite a common habit. Other than that, the book is worth the purchase.

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50 World’s Greatest Essays

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50 World’s Greatest Essays has essays by so many great essayists. When I bought this book, I was prepared to be disappointed because I am never really happy with anthologies but when I opened the book and saw it to be full of essays by writers such as Francis Bacon, Virginia Woolf, George Elliot, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a big book for sure but considering the content, it did not take me much time to read it. It is an amazing collection of essays from famous authors and I understand now why this book falls in the category of Collector’s editions. The essays are not all focused on a single subject and one can find much of variety. The prose differs from essay to essay but one thing is for sure, the entire book is full of depth. I really liked the Death of Moth and Why I write but there were plenty of other essays on the favorite list too. I am probably going to buy the other collections by this publisher because along with being a good compilation of essays, the book had quality pages and printing as well. The cover is a bit simple but it does serve the purpose.

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