Last week I went to meet with the editor of a very popular local paper, with a view to getting a writing job with them. I had been emailing backward and forwards with the owner since December. Since she works out of her farm and not within the city centre, it took a long time to arrange a face-to-face meeting. In her last email, the owner wanted me to meet her and the editor at their city centre office.
I arrived with bags of time to spare, but we had to go ahead with the meeting without the owner. She just never showed up, and to this day I don’t know why she wasn’t there as arranged. I was a bit, what’s the word; well taken aback, to put it politely. I was comforted by the fact that I knew the editor and she knew me from our university days.
The meeting went well, and the editor liked some of the ideas I pitched to her.The weirdest thing happened as we were wrapping up our meeting! She mentioned that they were in dire need of a part time proofreader. As I have been job- hunting for the past 18 months in vain, I jumped at the opportunity to offer my services. I was upfront about the fact that I had no formal training or experience, but I have an English Degree and have written for a paper before; and just like that she said I could have the job!
She told me their going rate for proofreaders, and although it was a measly figure; I had to accept it because I wasn’t exactly brimming with options! Imagine my shock when I got home to an email telling me that the editor had made a mistake and overstated the wage by double! As it stood, the initial offer was a pittance; this was beyond a joke; but apparently it’s the going rate for 2 days’ work!
I let her know that it wasn’t the best of offers for me, but that I was willing to take it, prove my worth and hopefully see the wage improve over time. I also view it as the opportunity to finally get my foot through the door, something through which I can gain experience in an area I want to pursue. I can only hope that it will almost certainly lead to bigger and better things.
I'm new to online working. I'm finding it very enjoyable and would like to do more of it. I'm particularly interested in participating in forum discussions, proof reading and of course article writing. My background is in teaching English as a second language, journalism and Customer Service. I'm an avid reader and have always fancied myself as an aspiring writer :)