Proofreading/Copy Editing

Reader-Proof Your Work

What will annoy a reader faster than you can say, “Holy One Star Review, Batman!”? Simple writing mistakes that are easily fixed. Misplaced punctuation, forgotten words, skipped letters, incorrect homophones (they’re/their/there), and other language issues can get in the way of even the best writing, causing unhappy readers, poor reviews, and fewer sales than you deserve. As a reader, I know that nothing pulls me out of a book like noticing typos and errors. After enough of these, I start to focus on how many mistakes I’ve seen rather than the story itself, and after reaching my saturation point, I simply stop reading.

I believe most of these mistakes happen not because authors truly don’t know the difference between, for example, “it’s” (a contraction of “it is” or “it has”), “its” (a possessive pronoun), and “its’ ” (not a word), but because authors are so familiar with their own story that they see what they meant to write, not what they’ve actually written.

Details:

During both copy editing and proofreading, I look for issues that will get in the way of your story, like incorrect or unclear punctuation, missing letters/words, incorrect use of homophones, verb/tense disagreement, and repeated words and phrases.

Proofreading is intended to be a last look before publishing, and typically is recommended for works that have already been edited. If you are not sure whether you need copy editing or proofreading, send me a sample and I will be happy to discuss it with you!

I work in US and UK English.

Rush upgrades offered according to schedule availability.

Email me (Janie) at LectorsBooks@Gmail.com

Rates for Proofreading Fiction:

I charge $0.004 cents per word for proofreading, with a minimum charge of $80. Below are a few examples to help you estimate your costs:

Sample edits (up to 1,500 words) Free
Up to 20,000 words $80
50,000 $200
75,000 $300
Rush Delivery Starting at $75, contact me for rates and availability

Rates for Copy Editing Fiction:

I charge $0.006 cents per word for copy editing, with a minimum charge of $100. Below are a few examples to help you estimate your costs:

Sample edits (up to 1,500 words) Free
Up to 17,000 words $100
50,000 $300
75,000 $550
Rush Delivery Starting at $125, contact me for rates and availability

Fiction Copy Editing/Proofreading combo:

This package includes a copy edit, then after you have had a chance to go through my edits and make any other changes, a final proofread. When arranging the package before I start work, the proofread will be half off.

I also will work on websites/blogs, advertising copy, and personal documents (resume/CV, etc.). Please contact me for prices.

Discounts:

Referrals: Refer a friend, and both of you will receive $25 off your next proofread!

One more pass: If you make substantial changes since my proofread, you can send it back for another look at 25% off the original price.

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