I turned down a proofread yesterday. I don’t take proofreads anymore because they don’t pay as well as copyediting jobs. I’m also an incredibly slow proofreader and find it completely impossible to manage the ten book pages per hour that publishers expect from you. I honestly don’t know how people do that! When I started out freelancing and was taking proofreads a lot, I ended up making a woefully low wage for the amount of work I could charge for.
I’m not even sure what book I turned down.
Then today I turned down a copyedit on a romance by Cherry Adair. I have actually enjoyed some of the romances I’ve taken–I really love Gaelen Foley and have requested to have all her books–but Evan is still unpredictable enough that I worry about being able to make a deadline.