Proofreading is my most basic service. I read your document, and I correct the errors. I check for proper spelling, grammar, word usage, and punctuation.
Proofreading means I correct only the things that are absolutely incorrect. If I see poorly constructed sentences, wordiness, heavy use of clichés, redundancies, or other common bad practices, I’ll ignore them. Or I’ll suggest you look into my copyediting services.
The Grammar Geek
I charge by the quarter-hour (half-hour minimum), and I work thoroughly and efficiently to give you the best results for the fairest price. If you need to know ahead of time how much your project will cost, I can look at it and give you an estimate.
If you're a new client, I need a 50% down payment before I begin working on your project. After I complete the job, I’ll email you an invoice for the balance. I accept credit cards, cash, checks (from reputable sources), and PayPal.
Copyediting kicks it up a notch. In addition to checking spelling, grammar, word usage, and punctuation, I do a basic “cleanup” on your writing. I tighten sentences by deleting unnecessary words, turning passive voice to active voice, and using several other techniques I’ve picked up during my years in the biz. I don’t just correct blatant errors; I make your writing clearer and more professional sounding.
This generally results in a decrease in word count, which is almost always good. If you're submitting a 5,500-word paper to a journal that has a 5,000-word limit, this is the service for you. If you’re a fourth-grader who needs to write a 100-word essay and you have 75 words, you don’t need my copyediting services. Just try adding “very” several times in a row before each adjective.