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Brett D. | Elance
 
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Brett D.

Your Proofreading/Copy Editing Ally
   United States
  |   Maryland Heights, MO
  |  10:11 pm Local Time

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Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $15

Professional proofreader/copy editor since 2008, specializing in nonfiction books and educational material. Word & Google Docs expert user.

I am a native of the Midwestern United States. I have lived in Illinois, Indiana, and presently reside in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

The bottom line of copy editing--and what sets great copy editors apart from poor ones--is the way in which he / she ensures that every piece of writing achieves full adherence to the Four C's of Editing:
Clarity
Coherency
Consistency
Correctness

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Apr 20, 2015|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
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Apr 6, 2015|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Working
Dec 8, 2014|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
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5.0
Dec 5, 2014|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
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Portfolio

A 3-minute typing test, a short story. Results: 85WPM, 0 errors.
Article was written for English audience by non-native English (Italian) writer. I...
This transcription is for a YouTube video. In a nutshell, the subject of the video is...
This video corresponds with my transcription (also attached as a DOCX file.

Skills (4)

Tested
Copy Editing
English Proofreading
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel

Service Description

Copy Editing: Starts at $5.00 per 1000 words
If a writer has completed a draft of his or her work and is comfortable with the content and is ready to "optimize" the writing, it's time to call on copy editing services.
My copy editing process consists of two read-throughs (called "passes" in the industry).
My first pass is slow, and focuses in at the sentence-level. I analyze every word and punctuation mark to be sure that each sentence is perfectly clear and coherent. I am also taking notes on the writer's style on this pass.
My second pass is a bit quicker, but focuses on making and keeping the writing wholly consistent and correct. This could be considered my "proofreading" pass, as this pass eliminates any mistakes and typos still remaining from my first pass.

Proofreading: Starts at $3.00 per 1000 words
If a writer has effectively completed his or her work and had it sufficiently edited, one of the very last steps is to call on proofreading services. A proofreader's primary task is to verify the written material's correctness.
My proofreading consists of a single pass at about 1/3 of my normal slow reading speed. This speed allows me to study every word and sentence, and confirm that all rules of U.S. English grammar, punctuation, word usage, spelling, etc., are followed. I also enforce the work's consistency throughout, making sure the writer's style does not change as the work progresses.

Note: My quoted rate for proofreading and copy editing may vary, depending...

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Employment

Fletcher-Reinhardt Co.
Electrical Engineer
2008 - Present
National Information Solutions Cooperative
IT Support Specialist
2007 - 2008

Education

Valparaiso University
Bachelor of Science: Electrical Engineering
2003 - 2007

Keywords

proofreading
editing
copy editing
copyediting
books
proofreader
editor
copyeditor
copy editor
non-fiction
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