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Shawna

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Proofreading and Beta Reading Services
« on: March 25, 2020, 04:44:57 AM »
Hello, writers! I'd like to offer proofreading and beta reading services for your novels and short stories. I'm up for pretty much any genre of fiction, though I prefer fantasy, YA, and romance.

Experience:
A BA in English, a couple decades of proofing/editing my own works, and a very good eye for detail.

Services:

Proofreading - Reading to catch and correct obvious typos (spelling and punctuation errors, duplicated or missing words, inconsistently spelled proper nouns, etc.). Basically, the sorts of things that a careful reader is likely to also catch.

Proofreading Plus - All of the above, with the addition of: checking for incorrect grammar and either correcting it or suggesting corrections (via comments); making note of anything that I personally know to be factually inaccurate, such as if you're talking about a gun and say "clip" when you mean "magazine" (note: this is not fact-checking, only noting things which I, as a non-expert, recognize as incorrect); noting anything that's confusing or unclear; making note of anything that seems to be inconsistent characterization ("Why does this character do/say X, when you've previously established Y?"); noting anything that really stands out as illogical plotting; any other comments I happen to think of. This isn't a detailed edit, only noting things that I, as a reader, would notice and have an issue with if I were reading for enjoyment.

Beta Read - Read the manuscript and give a summary of my overall thoughts on things like pacing, characterization, character development, plotting, and genre-appropriateness (in genres that I'm familiar with). No detailed line notes.

With any of these services, I will not try to rewrite your prose or change your style. Anything that's not an obvious mistake/typo/error will be noted with a comment rather than a correction.

Prices:

Proofread - $1 per 1,000 words

Proofread Plus - $2 per 1,000 words

Beta Read - $0.50 per 1,000 words

Payments via PayPal, paid in full before work begins. If I receive the manuscript and think it needs more work than what I provide, I may cancel and give you a refund. (Manuscripts for proofreads should be nearly ready to publish. Manuscripts for beta reads can be a lot rougher.) If you'd like, I can do a free sample of up to five pages.

Format:

A .doc (not .docx) Word document or a .odt (Libre Office Writer) document. (I don't have a newer version of Word, so I can't do .docx.) If you'd prefer a different method, just let me know. I'm open to pretty much anything as long as it doesn't require a program I don't have.

Contact:

shawnareads@gmail.com
I offer proofreading and beta reading services: https://writersanctum.com/index.php?topic=3511.0