How To Start Proofreading And Editing Self-Development Books

As an editorial instructor and editor, I like to keep my eye on the latest trends in content creation. One area I’ve seen a significant rise in is in the self-development and wellness niches. 

These days, people are looking for content to improve themselves mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As a result, the demand for self-development and wellness content has grown. This is a trend that I see increasing over the years, and one that presents a lot of opportunities for proofreaders and editors.

A while ago, I sat down and had a video discussion with Glee Lugo of Spot On Edit. Glee is a proofreader and editor who works on self-development books as a side hustle (she’s an English professor at a university during the day!).

In this video, Glee and I talked about:

  • How to have a side hustle alongside a full-time job
  • How your current skills or knowledge can lead to discovering a niche or niches to focus on
  • How narrowing down your niche will attract your ideal client and benefit your business
  • Working with nonfiction and business communications
  • What happened when she stopped applying for jobs and focused on building her own editorial business
  • The nuances of working with translated content
  • How to build trust with clients
  • Why working with entrepreneurs is a fun and profitable niche!

And so much more!

This discussion is filled with so much valuable information, I really don’t want you to miss it. So make a cup of tea, grab your pen and notebook, and watch it now. Glee and I go in-depth into so many topics, and it’s a great opportunity for you to see how to manage a side hustle. And as a graduate of my High-Level Proofreading Pro program, Glee wanted to share how she was able to take her love of words and do something with it! This video has been edited for length and clarity for your viewing enjoyment.

Find out how YOU can start working on self-development books or any type of content!

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About Glee Lugo


Glee Lugo is an editor specializing in self-development books. She has a passion for reading, English grammar, and everything related to self-improvement and wellness. She has a background in social sciences and linguistics, and is an assistant professor of English at a university in Puerto Rico. Her editorial company is called Spot On Edit, and you can go here to learn more about her services.

4 thoughts on “How To Start Proofreading And Editing Self-Development Books”

  1. Debbie Johnson

    First of all, Phon, thank you for this course, for sharing your knowledge and experience so openly. I was extremely nervous starting this course, wondering if and how I could actually pull this off. It’s still overwhelming at times but you have provided so many valuable resources and you explain the process so clearly. The courses are very organized, as Glee said. You do need to be open to whatever comes to you and you do need to put yourself out there and be confident in your business and abilities. It can definitely be intimidating. I haven’t even started my business yet as I still feel that there is a lot to learn, and yet I’m already feeling intimidated. I know you’ve said we’re all human and humans aren’t perfect but I just want to succeed…in this and in my own writing. Not easy to balance and focus on both but they’re equally important to me.
    I also like the thought of working with writers whose first language isn’t English. Something I’d love to consider if at all possible.

    1. It has been a pleasure to have you in the program and to meet you in the coaching calls, Debbie! I know it seems intimidating when you’re starting out; take it one step and one action at a time. Go easy on yourself and be patient—patience is key!

  2. This was an excellent interview, but I was very disappointed the content didn’t address the subject (How to Start Proofreading and Editing Self-Development Books)…I really need some info because I’ve decided this will be my niche. But thanks to you both for the great discussion!

    1. Hi Jodi! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. Glee started by getting trained in proofreading and copyediting, and then applied her skills to the self-development industry. By narrowing her niche to the field, she then marketed to that industry. The great thing about editorial skills is they are transferable to any niche; acquiring work requires focused marketing. She used the marketing strategies from our program, High-Level Proofreading Pro.

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