Editing & Beta Reading Services
Before contacting me on my proofreading and beta reading services, please read the FAQ below to determine whether the services I provide suits your editing needs. Once you read and understand the FAQ and wish to utilize the services I provide, you may shoot me an email with the following email subject: PROOFREADING CONSULTATION with the body of your e-mail formatted in the following guidelines.
Who am I?
When I am not hiding behind my author persona, I am just a normal person in her 20's who recently graduated in the field of Education. Prior to becoming a published author I was an education major with experience as a home English tutor, teaching conversational English to ELL/ESL (English Language Learners/ English as a Second Language) students. I was also a work-study at my college's English department where I had the pleasure to not only help teach conversational English, but also proofread, edit, and help students who needed help with academic essays or further their understanding the English language.
Shortly after graduating, I immersed myself in the world of self-publishing, and self-published my books. As a full time writer, I primarily edit my drafts. I also voluntarily read and review books (Note: I do not do paid reviews and currently am not accepting books to be reviewed), where for the most part I would report/give suggestions to an author or publisher when I do catch some obvious mistakes on a published book on Amazon (this function is made available on the native Kindle App on your smartphone or Kindle Devices, and yes, you CAN and you SHOULD report content issues to Amazon!)
My motto in life is "a good book shouldn't be plagued with errors", nor should an author, especially a self-published author, pay a handsome price to get their work edited. I've been in your shoes and I wish I had an affordable proofreader/editor when I first started out.
Sadly there are people out there who charge a large sum to provide editorial services, but often times still miss some errors (not everyone does this and I do believe that there are highly qualified proofreaders and editors out there). I however prefer collaborative and quality services at an affordable cost, and that's the purpose of making this service available to you.
What can you guarantee with the service you provide?
As I've mentioned, I am primarily offering proofreading services. I can guarantee that in terms of errors in spelling, grammar, or style your document, draft, or manuscript will be error free.
Something to keep in mind though before you proceed in employing my services: There is a difference between a proofreader and editor. A proofreader, for the most part, proofreads your document to catch simple errors such as spelling, grammar, and style - they usually work with you at the beginning and at the end of the editing process. An editor can be a proofreader (and vice versa), but there are also a variety of editors out there as well.
Some editors focus on developmental writing/editing (the big picture, whether or not your story, characters, setting, dialogue, story structure, facts mentioned in the story or plot is consistent or accurate). Copy/Line editors as another example, edits your document word for word, or suggest how to word sentences to fit the standard grammar rules, but they may not take into account the story's vibe, feel, or message.
Can a proofreader or editor proofread and help with developmental writing? Yes they can. Some would market the both separately to charge you at an extra cost.
I am all about transparency. I will tell you right now that I am not perfect and I may not be the right person for you (if so, please feel free to contact someone more qualified). Hence why I branded the service as primarily, a proofreading service. If I do spot an errors in your story's development or consistency (this is part of my free beta reader service), then I will inform you about it, but I CAN'T guarantee that I will catch ALL the consistency or developmental errors that may exist in your work and thus I would highly encourage doing your own research in finding a proofreader, beta reader, or editor that would meet all of your editing needs.
I can make suggestions on how you can improve a sentence, but at the end of the day, it is your choice on whether or not you would accept them on your final draft, and as I've previously stated I am not perfect, I am merely a fresh pair of eyes who can help you improve you writing to some extent.
Should you publish your book/work shortly after receiving my proofreading services?
I would highly suggest you hire (or look for beta readers who would be willing to read your manuscript free and as another pair of eyes to provide feedback on how to improve on your draft (this can be friends, family, or even a professor). Any draft should undergo various levels of editing and polished before publishing.
You are the first editor of your work, by the time you reach out to me for proofreading services, I would assume you've already done a basic spell check on your work as I'm merely a second pair of eyes aiming to catch errors you might have missed, and if you wish you can always have a third or forth pair of eye to comb through your final draft/manuscript.
If however you are satisfied with my suggestions or proofreading services, you are free to do whatever you want with your draft publish it or not, look for another beta reader or proofreader or not, it is your choice. This is my advice when it comes to the importance of prioritizing editing your work so that you can put out the best version of your work out there.
The purpose of the service is to provide an affordable solution (you can also say it doubles as a beta reader) when free proofreading software are limited and want the editing process to be risk free. I may not provide you with the full package of a professional editor, but I hope that with the services I provide, we'll be able to minimize the errors on your draft and make it as close to perfect as possible.
How does your editing service work?
Cost of Editing
Is this a scam?
Some may think this is a scam or it is too good to be true (if it was, why would I give you a chance to opt out at any time and do not require to you pay the full cost upfront before I edit? I would assume you've done your research by reading through my blog, posts, and the entire Service FAQ long enough to gauge my skills as a writer. I've also edited the first chapter of your manuscript free during the consultation period).
My reason for structuring the service this way is because I've been in the same shoes as those who wished they could afford a proofreader and don't want to risk paying hundreds of dollars only to have a proofreader half-ass a project OR even miss some minor errors - even traditionally published books still have some errors - and I want to build trust with my customers by providing quality service and one that is uniquely collaborative with you in full control. I am also still growing as a proofreader so it's also a learning process for me and helps me improve in my own writing / editing skills as well.
If you are happy with the services I provide, please feel free to recommend my services with your friends or consider me as your proofreading partner for your future works.
Do you accept donations?
Apart from the final cost we agreed upon, I will not obligate you to donate for my service, though it would also be appreciated if you did. If someone is impersonating me asking for donations, please report that person to me via email and legal action would be taken. I will NEVER reach out to you in person asking for a donation.
How are payments made?
As I've mentioned earlier, payments are divided and made between stages. You may chose to make partial payments between stages or pay the full price. Methods of payment will be discussed via e-mail. I usually accept payments through Paypal, however alternative methods will be considered. I will not accept direct deposit or wired payments. Please do not ask me for my bank information, I will not ask for your banking information or accept any payments through direct deposit.
Need a Beta Reader?
I also offer Beta Reading services were I would read your manuscript, draft, or document. I will tell you my thoughts on your draft and make suggestions as any advance (ARC) reader. I will NOT edit or proofread your document unless you've arranged for or purchased an editing service.
Guidelines for consultation
To request for a free consultation please read the following guidelines and include them in your e-mail. I will proofread the first chapter of your manuscript for FREE provided that it is no more than 5,000 words in length and includes the following information (please allow two to three days for me to get back to you):
Why do I ask for these information?
To better understand and proofread/beta read your story/manuscript/draft, I need to know more about your story itself. Are there characters I need to pay attention to with regards to how they speak? Does their educational background or experience influence how they speak or act? If so, are there slangs or certain dialogue I should leave untouched to make them sound true to the story or character? These are some things I need to consider as a proofreader, beta reader, or editor.
Most proofreaders charge an average of $0.0095 to $0.0125 per word, depending on the genre. To put that in perspective:
My average rate, should you hire me as a proofreader, is $0.002 per word (rates may be negotiated to meet your budget) to put that in perspective:
Should there be an increase of demand, I will prioritize those who contact me on a first-come-first-serve basis or those who opt for a priority edit/beta reading service. Should you contact me when I am booked for the month, I will schedule you at the next available slot.
If you are on a deadline, please contact me two to three weeks in advance to reserve a spot. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for me to complete editing/beta-reading your manuscript/draft.
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