Professional proofreading/editing for 6 years, with the intelligence to analyze non-fiction, and classical education to improve your fiction.
When a writer in need goes to hire a proofreader or editor for their written work, many make the mistake of looking for those people who "can" do the job. These people will often list "proofreading" or "editing" among a lengthy list of other services, as they try to be everything to everyone. Don't make this mistake.
What you want is someone who "does" the job - who consistently devotes his freelance career to exactly what you need. My SPECIALTY is proofreading and editing.
My personal mission statement:
To be among the elite providers of proofreading and editing services, applying the same excellent skill and effort to all jobs, driven by duty, professionalism and hobby, providing maximum value to all clients, and always striving to improve skills and expand my skill set.
I want you to understand how I work, and how my process will give you a high-quality and high-value end product.
In all my longer proofreading and editing jobs (> 5000 words), I employ a double-readthrough method. I also keep a notepad on hand to note any formatting issues or inconsistencies.
The first readthrough is done with a printed-out version of the text, or a PDF version of the text, on which I write on the copy and highlight the problem areas.
After this, I bring any inconsistencies to the writer's attention, and (provided I'm not instructed to edit to a style standard) ask for his/her preference on how to resolve the inconsistencies.
Then I begin the second readthrough in Microsoft Word, making the changes I highlighted on the first readthrough while searching for any additional errors I might have missed.
The finished product is of the highest standard of quality.
Smaller articles are done in much the same way, except that I will edit directly to the Word document.
Missouri Div. of Professional Registration
Bachelor of Science: Electrical Engineering
2003 - 2007
2008 - Present
National Information Solutions Cooperative
IT Support Specialist
2007 - 2008
Fixed rate jobs to be paid via Elance Escrow only.
Hourly rate jobs to be paid weekly. I do not use Work View (if this is an issue, I will gladly explain why).
I will always agree to non-disclosure, including the signing of a non-disclosure agreement, if desired by any client.
If an NDA is not requested, I reserve the right to use excerpts of the final product for private use, but only for the purpose of promoting my freelance services to prospective clients.
If the job length is unknown, or if a job has additional tasks added while the work is in-progress, I reserve the right to request a checkpoint payment within 7 days notice.