One day last week, a woman contacted my tutor e-mail looking for an English/Writing tutor. She explained that she was not a student, but that she had to do a fair amount of proofreading and editing for her "PR" job and that she wasn't very confident in her skills.
I told her I thought I could help her get up to snuff and to contact me if she wanted to set up tutor sessions. So yesterday, I received another e-mail. In that one, she had cut and pasted a rather wordy sentence and asked if I could fix it.
I figured she was checking up on my editing skills before deciding to hire me. I found a couple of errors and fixed them, but also revised it altogether to something I thought made it easier to understand.
We continued to e-mail back and forth (I was just sitting here in my "office", drawing a french horn...). Would I be available to do more revising over the computer? Did I have a per-page rate? Could I do that and tutor her in addition? Her e-mails "sounded" anxious, about keeping her job ("I just signed a lease.. and I'm single!")It became clear to me that she was at work at the time, and the original sentence she'd sent was one she was supposed to fix.
Okay, so this isn't a typical tutor request, but it sounded kind of fun - sort of a "help desk" / "ask the expert" mode. I could see her sitting at her PR job, turning in newly revised and edited documents with her supervisors being none the wiser!
Ghost writer. Something new for the resume'. Just in time for Halloween.