Tales from the Unpaid Intern Desk…

How’s it going? Today is a bit of a continuation from yesterday about pointing out other people’s errors.

Let’s get to it.

A copywriter I know whose list I’m on used the term “unpaid intern” to describe this type of a set-up–meaning people who point out errors other people make in short pieces just to make themselves look good.

That gives you the benefit of knowing where the error is so you can go fix it–without you having to shell out for the privilege–they just give you the correction on a silver platter.

He mentioned that this actually happened to a million dollar company–apparently that company had someone lunging for a refund because of a typo in some course materials (materials about proofreading and business, which to this particular pointer-outer, made the company look bad).

So instead of steaming out their ears or getting red in the face about it…

The company hired her.

Now she gets an inside look at the whole thing, and gets her pocket lined with bucks to find those errors–instead of doing it for free.

Sounds like a win-win to me, right?

Is this the only thing that can happen?

No.

You can also get contempt or be ignored, which is what happened to another copywriter whose list I’m on, who had a mistake in the piece she put out to get people subscribed to her email list (she helps musicians market themselves).

The guy started sputtering about how this lady’s credibility took a hit because of this error. So she just corrected the error and paid him no never mind.

Writing is hard–but I don’t think there’s room for people to be holes about correcting other peoples’ mistakes…I’ve got a story about why I stopped correcting grammar, but that’s the subject for another post.

And I think it depends on the attitude of both the pointer-outer and the one who’s made the mistake how the situation is handled–whether both people win, or only one.

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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