A Little About Me…

As you know by now, my name is Allison. (Hi!!) I am a proud native of New York City and am currently living on beautiful eastern Long Island. When I’m not proofreading transcripts, I like to take advantage of all the fun things my location has to offer – visiting coastal villages, farm stands, and wineries to the east, or catching a Broadway play as often as I can in my beloved New York to the west. I like to read, I’m pretty good in the kitchen, and I occasionally dabble in nature photography. Most of all, I like to spend time with the important people in my life.

Professional Experience

This may sound unusual for a proofreader in the court reporting industry, but I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and fifteen years of experience in biomedical research. In 2015, after being laid off from my research position of six years, I was job hunting online when I stumbled upon a website called Proofread Anywhere and was introduced to the highly specialized craft of proofreading transcripts for court reporters. I had already been considering a venture into new territory for a while and had an idea that I wanted to work with words in some way. I also had an idea that, as a person who always had a knack for spotting errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, proofreading could be an ideal fit for me. I was right!

I enrolled in Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice , a challenging, thorough, and intensive course whose curriculum is based on NCRA guidelines, Morson’s English Guide for Court Reporters, and the work of Margie Wakeman Wells. I worked very hard over several months to learn about court reporting, about transcripts, and about how to proofread in this very specific niche. I am happy to say that I excelled in the course, started my own freelance proofreading business, and have proofed thousands upon thousands of pages of transcripts (and still counting!) for clients from all parts of the country. I would consider it my honor and my pleasure to provide the same high quality services to you!

Why “Fine Focus”?

As an homage to my deep ties to the lab, I chose to call my business “Fine Focus Proofreading”. On a microscope, there is something called a fine focus knob which allows the user to carefully and precisely adjust the view in order to observe the subtlest of details. I apply that same level of meticulous observation every time I proofread, helping court reporters just like you produce the cleanest and most accurate transcripts possible.

Want to see for yourself? Contact me today!