Let's get straight to the point: my passion and job is to help you look good. No, really: my passion and job is to help you look good. And I pride myself on doing it well and to the best of my ability.

I love helping others say what they really want to say, or really need to say, the way it needs to be said. Whether it’s an aspiring author who is absolutely clueless when it comes to grammar (don’t be ashamed, I got you!), or a court reporter who simply needs a second pair of eyes to catch what they’ve overlooked while handling a mountain of work and a personal life — that’s the story behind the birth of catch60, in a nutshell.

I am a proofreader. I've also enjoyed a long career as a writer and editor and transcriptionist. But before all this, I was simply one of those people who would notice errors everywhere whether it was in a magazine, on a billboard, in a police report, on a cereal box, in a love letter (stop it), or tucked somewhere in a Kroger sales paper. I’m not a grammar prude, though. I’m more of a laid-back minimalist. I, like many others, prefer readability. Period. Readability is the ultimate point of all writing and transcripts.

I learned this lesson as a stringer for the Associated Press and as an investigative reporter and editor in New York City at a large consumer magazine. For 13 years I worked as a journalist and editor — for newspapers, weeklies, and magazines — writing for publications ranging from the Detroit Free Press to GQ. In that career, I did a lot of research, combed through a lot of transcripts, and edited and proofread a lot of great and somewhat challenging work.

At some point during my former life as a writer, I became greatly intrigued by the world of law, and later, the life of court reporters. This led to me learning the craft of legal transcript proofreading where I've learned how to properly proofread pages and pages (over 3,000 total) and pages of everything from interpreted proceedings, to unsworn statements. No matter what type of case or transcript — I’ve read it.

In the course I was trained using the reference guidelines of:

  • Morson’s English Guide for Court Reporters.
  • Margie Wakeman Wells' reference materials.
  • NCRA guidelines.

I’ve learned quickly that court reporters are rock stars. So besides your typical author or advertising company needing a bit of help making sure their work is error-free, catch60 also focuses A LOT on proofreading for court reporters.

Whatever your proofreading needs are, catch60 is here to help. If you’re working on a book, ad, or business letter, and need a proofreader, please go to the contact form and reach out. If you’re a new court reporter and not yet confident in how to properly punctuate your work, or an experienced court reporter who simply needs a final pair of eyes to read over your transcript before it’s sent out, let’s partner up and work together. I welcome work with court reporting agencies as well. I personally feel every court reporter (heck, every communicator) needs a solid proofreader so their work can speak for itself.

 Let me help you look good; it’s what I enjoy most. 

Linda Hobbs,

Founder / Owner, catch60


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