21 August 2006

Wannabes part 3

A colleague of mine received the following email today (errors intact):

Me and my partner are currently in the process of starting up our business offering a proof-reading service directly too students. We have our own web-site being developed and are finalising the last touches of our marketing campaign.
However we are still looking for experienced proof-readers who can provide a service and work on a free lance basis. Basically what will happen is we get an email off a student asking for a piece of their work to be proof-read. We then forward it on too the specialised proof-reader (possibly you) who reads the work and emails it back.

We would appreciate it if you could email me back too let me know if your interested in working for us on this freelance basis. We currently have 15 retired lecturers, professional proof-readers and phd students who have agreed too work for us and hope you will aswell?

If you agree i would also appreciate it if you could possibly proof-read a test piece of work we have developed to check if your upto standard. A cv and a bit about yourself would also be useful so we can develop a unique profile on our website for you.

We look foward too hearing from you!

Kind Regards


What can one say? I sighed yet again. These idiots are taking the bread from the mouths of people with years of experience. People who have trained hard and slogged the slog. And these upstarts think they can just start up a business with no knowledge and have the cheek to ask skilled proofreaders to do the work for them while they take their cut. They can't even frigging spell their letter of solicitation.

A very grouchy Wordsmith...

3 comments:

Jeanie said...

There'll always be cowboys, but that is jaw-droppingly bad!

wordsmith_for_hire said...

It's worse than jaw-droppingly bad, but sadly not the worst example I've ever seen. I'm reminded of the cowboys who advertised what was quiite possibly the worst-ever copywriting service imaginable on a business networking forum. I blogged about it ages ago - the short version is they offered to write 300-word features for websites for a paltry $3 dollars a pop. The English was appalling in quality.

Thomas Fuller said...

Utter cretins.