Do I need a proofreader or a copyeditor?
Proofreaders are the final eyes looking at a project before publication. They do not rewrite. They are looking for glaring mistakes that were missed during edits. Some of the errors proofreaders look for include the following:
grammar (including subject/verb agreement, pronouns and their antecedents, comma splices, sentence fragments and run-ons, and misplaced modifiers)
repeated or missing words
correct word usage (e.g., your/you're, its/it's, affect/effect)
formatting (extra line breaks and spaces)
Copyeditors look for all of the above errors and also take a detailed look at the structure and clarity of sentences. Copyeditors:
provide basic fact checking
look for consistency in the timeline, character details, etc.
fix or flag confusing phrases
rewrite and reorganize, but not on a large scale
What methods do you use to annotate documents?
I prefer using Microsoft Word, but I can also annotate PDF documents.
What reference materials do you use when you proofread?
For legal transcripts, I use Morson's English Guide for Court Reporters and Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation.
For general proofreading projects, I use The Chicago Manual of Style Online; The Christian Writer's Manual of Style: 4th Edition; Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary; and The Best Punctuation Book, Period. Of course, if you have your own style sheet or style guide, I will follow your preferences.
Why should I hire you?
No matter how strong your grammar skills are, you always need someone else to be your second set of eyes. I have a keen eye for detail, years of experience proofreading and editing documents, and I help clients produce quality finished products!
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