If you are writing beautiful, meaningful words, you don’t want your message made ugly or foolish due to overlooked spelling and grammatical errors, do you? These, and accidental plagiarism, could cost you dear: your reputation, your wallet, your art!
You can’t proofread your own work. I know this from painful personal experience: you don’t want to find any mistakes, so you don’t see them. Your best friend can’t do it either: best friends don’t like to upset each other.
Proofreading is a bit of a misnomer, because it’s not much to do with reading. Proofreading is a learned skill, a set of techniques, an art, even, for picking up errors in text.
You think your spelling program will protect your reputation and voice? Have it check this sentence: The quick brawn fix jumps over the lazy dug. It’s nonsense, right? I use a well-known word processing program. Its spell checker found no errors in this nonsensical sentence. That’s because the words brawn, fix and dug, are all real words and appear in the program’s database. I also have a well-known grammar and style checking program, which also found no issues with the sentence. No grammar software exists that can wonder whether The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog is relevant to your heartbreaking work of incredible genius.
Why hire me? Here are a few incentives:
Professional proofreading and editing qualifications don’t exist, but there’s an abundance of courses and methods which teach you the skills. To date I’ve completed three. Proofreading symbols are universal, but each course offers different methods for proofing text. I have learnt 8 different techniques, including various on-screen methods.
English is my native language.
I’m fluent in French; I have experience in proofreading in the French language.
I’ve edited a book-length manuscript in US English.
Recently, I proofread an e-book for which I received the following testimonial:
Thanks, Ann. This all looks fantastic. Of course, I’ll be giving you full credit in the next edition, with links to your website, plus a testimonial. I’ll let you know how I get on with the corrections! I can provide this client’s email address if you wish to verify the testimonial. I can also provide proof of qualifications and identity.
My education and life experience extends beyond the behaviour of foxes and dogs! I have a first class honours BA in Fine Art (1987). I won three awards during my degree years. Since graduating I’ve created, exhibited and taught, in the UK, Dubai, The Cayman Islands and France, returning to live in England in 2010. As you will know if you follow my blog, I am inspired to create through several disciplines: art, writing and music. My artistic projects leads me to research into many subject areas. As a mixed media artist I am constantly seeking to expand my portfolio of techniques and through researching for my art projects I’m expanding my knowledge base (and therefore, my vocabulary). For instance, currently I’m researching into DNA: the human karyotype; chromosomes. The various dyes used to stain cells, for observation under a microscope, is proving fascinating. In music, I’m deepening and developing my musical repertoire. As a fiction writer, I hone my skills with weekly flash fiction stories and longer works. As a non-fiction writer, I keep up this blog and write articles and reviews on commission.
So think of hiring me to help you perfect your work of heartbreaking genius! I’m generous: my fees are reasonable and negotiable.
Contact me initially via the comments section of this blog.