who I am
I have been a freelance professional proofreader/copy editor since 1996. But that is not the beginning of my story. My first professional proofreading job was in 1980, working with a small printing company. Being an avid reader, books excite me. Bad grammar and misspellings do not. So, on January 19, 1996, I decided to do something about this problem and started my own proofreading business. Since then, I have served many advertising agencies, graphic designers, book and catalog publishers, typesetters, forms companies, marketing companies, newsletter publishers, and Website designers nationwide. If you write text, I want to serve you, too.
what I do
Simply, I make sure the intended audience understands what the writer wanted to say, not what they thought they said, and rid copy of distractions that take away from the writer’s intended impact. To do that, I check spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and consistency of tense and mood.
Your word-processing program can check spelling, and that will help, but if you typed “bear feet” instead of “bare feet,” your spelling checker won’t catch it, and that sock company you represent may have some issues with your work. To make things worse, spell checkers are frequently inaccurate, introducing errors such as “companies” for the singular possessive “company’s”, and making you wonder where that apostrophe was supposed to be in the first place.
Well, that’s where I come in. I fix the errors, punctuation slips, and grammatical faults that fool spell check and make copy hard to read or just plain inaccurate.
where I do it
My office is in the East Texas countryside, overlooking two pastures filled with horses and other assorted wildlife. Much like I hawk over your work to make sure you look good, there’s a hawk who likes to hang around and keep an eye on things here. Don’t worry, though; when I find corrections my talons aren’t sharp. The more corrections I make, the better you are as a client and the smarter you look for trusting me with your work!
when you can have it
Whenever you want it… within reason, of course. First come is first served, usually, but deadlines occasionally wreak havoc with everyone’s schedules. Let’s talk about it! I’ll make every effort to meet your timeline. My work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. central time, Monday through Friday.
how it works
It’s very simple: Send an editable PDF, a PowerPoint presentation, or a Word file to firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me when you need it returned to you. I’ll check my schedule and let you know if it’s feasible. You’ll receive clearly marked edits, and if it comes back to you “clean,” you’ll even get a gold star.
Do you have questions about how I work? Feel free to contact me anytime at email@example.com, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you don’t hear back from me quickly, check the weather radar for Hunt County, Texas. Thunderstorms make me and the horses take shelter (and make me lose my rural high-speed Internet service).