Can you explain what They Read, Too does?
They Read, Too is a freelance-editing outfit that caters to independetnt record labels. We do inserts/liner notes, band bios, newsletters... basically anything written down.
What made you decide to start doing this?
I'm kind of a grammar nerd, and I used to get really irritated when I'd find blatant misspellings and apostrophe errors in liner notes. One day, I very empathetically put myself in the shoes of someone putting out a CD and realized, were I in that position, I wouldn't have the time or the attention span to sit down and proofread all the lyrics and thank-you lists. Then I realized that I wasn't in that position and I did have the time and attention span.
What are your qualifications?
First of all, I sympathize with other people who are annoyed by grammatical errors (assuming they're out there). I'm also studying editing at the University of Minnesota, and most importantly, have plenty of time on my hands.
What do you charge to proof CD liner notes?
Five or 10 bucks. It's negotiable--if you're a really small or poor label, I could be convinced to work for a CD and a T-shirt or something.
What is the worst grammar error you've spotted in a CD?
Well, I'm not going to name names, but the inspiration for TR,T came to me after noticing a very common compound word (e.g. someone) erroneously split into two words on the cover of a CD. Right on the cover! It looked really unprofessional; I lost some respect for the band that day.
If someone wanted to "give props to Jesus" on their "Thank You" list, would you change it to "give proper respect to Jesus"? Or is slang expectable?
In most cases, I just proofread--I don't presume to question creativity. If a band feels it is in their artistic interest to "give props," I don't have a problem with it. I'm just mainly here to save them from embarrassment.
They Read, Too can be reached at email@example.com