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Freelance Copyeditors and Proofreaders


Stoughton, MA, US, 02072

Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance (Non-Staff)

Simon & Schuster has been named to Forbes magazine list of “America’s Best Mid-Size Employers 2022.”

Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. 
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Adams Media, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., is looking for no-nonsense freelance copyeditors and proofreaders.

A fast-paced and innovative publisher of pop culture books, Adams requires exceptionally detail-oriented and motivated self-starters to rid books of errors. No frills or editorial development. Just people who find and fix the small but important mistakes.

Copyeditors must:
Adhere to detailed Adams Media copyediting guidelines, along with The Chicago Manual of Style ( and Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (

Copyedit using the Track Changes function in Word.

Follow the editor’s specific project instructions in the copyeditor memo.

Check facts.

Locate and fix errors and typos (don’t just query them).

Create a style sheet to outline your decisions.

Contact Adams as you are working if you have questions.

Use your best judgment to make the manuscript accurate, consistent, and easy to read.

Proofreaders must:

Adhere to detailed Adams Media proofreading guidelines, along with The Chicago Manual of Style ( and Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionar (

Proofread electronically and mark Adobe Acrobat PDFs based on the detailed PDF markup instructions provided.


Read the book thoroughly to catch any errors the copyeditor may have missed, errors that were introduced during the editor/author copyedit review, and errors in consistency.


Find layout errors, including those in the table of contents and in running heads or feet; it is imperative that you read each word carefully and individually, including each running head.


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English or writing-related field.

At least one year of experience copyediting or proofreading onscreen for a trade book publisher.

Ability to absorb, follow, and refer to detailed Adams Media guidelines and instructions.

Working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word (for copyediting).

Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat (for proofreading).

Ability to adhere to due dates.

Successful completion of Adams Media freelancing test.

Adams has the most projects to offer July through October.

Turnaround times throughout the year are roughly two weeks.

Manuscript word counts for copyeditors range from 20,000 to 80,000.

Galley page counts for proofreaders range from 128 to 304.

Subjects include cookbooks, health, self-help, business, games.

Please send:

The subjects you have experience in and prefer (or do not wish) to work on.

Your preferred job—copyediting or proofreading.

Anticipated hourly rate.



Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.


At Paramount, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Paramount is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.


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Paramount believes in creating environments that allow our primary focus to remain on providing entertainment, education and information to our millions of viewers around the world. As part of this commitment to health and safety, Paramount requires COVID-19 vaccines for current U.S. employees, including all newly hired employees, subject to applicable law. Union employees are subject to the agreement reached between the Company and the applicable Union.

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