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Allena Tapia

Anyone Know Anything About Grammatika?

By May 15, 2009

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I'm trying to figure out if Grammatika is simply an Elance-type site--that is, a bid site--but targeted solely at proofreaders and editors. Or, is Grammatika possibly a little-known resource for editing and proofreading jobs that I've been missing up to now?

Anyone know?

From what I can see, Grammatika requires a $79 annual membership fee, which grants you a try at their editing and proofreading test. Once both of the requirements are met, only then can you "bid" (uh-oh, there's that word that means I'll be working for cheap) on editing and proofreading projects posted, supposedly, by magazine editors, publishers, and yes, even authors. Unfortunately, I can't view the project listings ahead of time to get a sense of the pay rates (I'm getting a 500 internal server error. I don't know if that's a true error, or because I'm not a member).

Two things catch my eye here, and make me think twice about Grammatika. One, it insists that it's used by magazines and book publishers to find freelancers. Well, those are certainly the groups I'd like to target. Two, it requires a test before membership, which essentially precludes some of those low-bidders (I think)!

Please leave a comment if you've used it, decided against it, or know of anyone's experience with it.

November 30, 2009 at 6:01 pm
(1) Elaine says:

I just visited their site & my computer says there’s a problem with their security certificate & suggested not entering the site.
I also am curious where I can get a recognized certification for proof-reading / editing & whether I could get jobs doing that without a college degree OR experience. All the job postings ask for experience.
Anybody have any answers?

August 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm
(2) Geckomayhem says:

The only suggestion I can give is to get a degree (absolute minimum for any technical job – don’t even consider looking at getting into any part of the writing industry without at least a bachelor’s degree), and to get the experience that people are asking for.

That means offering to proofread wherever you can find it. Start locally and branch out before looking for jobs online. I too have absolutely no real experience (save for the “proofreading” required for teaching ESOL), but intend to look for whatever opportunities exist, even if they are volunteer work. Unfortunately for my present circumstances, local work is not an option. Rural Japan doesn’t appear to have a need for English proofreaders…

Experience is experience, whether you start off using your free time to proofread articles with no monetary compensation, or land a lucky break whereby you get paid for checking someone else’s work.

February 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm
(3) Chickaddd says:

I looked it up on Wikipedia and it seems to be ‘grammar’ in Estonian language.

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