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Are you a persnickity reader?

December 12, 2013

Do misplaced commas make you mad? Does seeing it’s when its is meant make you want to scream? Do misspellings leap off the page as you read?

Then I need you.

My book, “A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion,” is almost done. It’s in final edits with the content editor, but it will need copy editing as well. I’m doing this as a labor of love and will be publishing the book through Amazon’s ebook and print-on-demand service, so I don’t have the expertise of a traditional publishing house at my disposal.

I’m wondering if it’s possible to crowd-source copy editing. My idea is to have each chapter read by at least two people who will look for typos, misspelling and other mistakes. You could read as many or as few chapters as you’d like. There are 30 all together.

You wouldn’t get anything but the undying gratitude of the Mandarin immersion community–and a sneak preview of the book, of course. And the warm knowledge that you’ve made the world a slightly safer place for those who know their way around a serial comma.

No special training needed, just a sharp eye. I anticipate having chapters ready for copy editing by the first of the year.

If you’re interested, please drop me a line at:

Many thanks, happy holidays and 圣诞快乐!

Beth Weise (rhymes with Geese)

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