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Divine Bird Proofreading


I do not take all work that comes across my desk, though I certainly try to!  Each project has a 2-week-maximum turnaround time unless discussed in advance.  When accepting new work, I like to have a one-chapter sample to get a sense of what to expect.  I prefer to use Microsoft Word 2013, though I can use Google Docs if needed.  All documents should be in .doc or .docx format if using Word, or saved as a Google Doc and shared with me.


While I’ll work with a clean first draft, it’s best if you give me something you’ve already gone over a few times, as any changes I make could be lost if you edit further.  Once I accept your work, I will email you with some brief notes, a projected delivery date, and an agreement for you to “sign” by replying in the affirmative.  Then I’ll send you a PayPal invoice, and once I receive payment, I’ll get right to work!


If you want me to look at a project a second time (for instance, after you’ve made significant revisions, or as a last-minute check before you publish), you may be eligible for a reduced rate.  Please do talk to me about it if this is something you need.


The Proofreading Process:

Choose the Proofing Style That’s Right for You:


1.  Track Changes

Using the Track Changes feature in Word, I’ll make the changes I think the document needs.  Anything that requires more than a simple change will be noted with the Comment feature.  This is the simplest and fastest way to see what I’ve done.  You can then accept all or some of the changes as you see fit.


2.  Marking Errors

This is the most labor-intensive method, but it gives you the most control.  I will mark errors and changes in-line with the document using a purple font color. Each correction will be preceded by ** so you can do a search on the document for the things that need your attention.  You make the changes, treating my notes as a suggestion.  This also works well if you don’t have a recent version of Word.


3.  Trust Me

Errors needing your input will be marked by ** in purple and/or marked with a comment, but minor typos (such as “yuo” instead of “you”) will be corrected without comment or indication.  This gives you less to focus upon, but requires that you trust my judgement.


4.  Custom Style

You may have a specific way you want me to mark your document.  I’m willing to accommodate you as much as possible.  Anything convoluted or requiring extra steps may require an additional $50 per project.  However, we will always discuss any additional fees before I begin.


Again, if you have questions or an unusual project to discuss, please email me at divinebird@gmail.com.  I look forward to working with you!

Things I DO correct include:            

Things I DO NOT correct include: 
  • Typos
  • Misspelled words
  • Capitalization
  • Incorrect word usage
  • Irregular formatting
  • Punctuation
  • Repeated words
  • Basic grammar
  • Style
  • Plot or character development
  • Foreign languages
  • Math/Formulae
  • Rewriting prose 
  • I am not comfortable with proofing horror stories or gore/excessive violence    
Things I DO correct include: Things I DO NOT correct include: 
  • Typos
  • Misspelled words
  • Capitalization
  • Incorrect word usage
  • Irregular formatting
  • Punctuation
  • Repeated words
  • Basic grammar
  • Style
  • Plot or character development
  • Foreign languages (though I am familiar with French and Italian, and will make notes if anything jumps out at me)
  • Rewriting prose (however, I will mark any passages that don’t make sense to the reader)
  • I am not comfortable with proofing horror stories or gore/excessive violence

 

Rates & Terms

Terms: 50% up front, 50% upon completion, paid via PayPal to divinebird@gmail.com.
Fiction up to 50k words$200
Fiction 50k – 100k words$400
Fiction 100k and upTo be determined
Heavy editing (in addition to base rate)$50 per 50k words, rounded up
Poetry and Papers up to 10k words$.04 per word


Choose the Proofing Style That’s Right for You:

1.  Track Changes

Using the Track Changes feature in Word, I’ll make the changes I think the document needs.  Anything that requires more than a simple change will be noted with the Comment feature.  This is the simplest and fastest way to see what I’ve done.  You can then accept all or some of the changes as you see fit.

2.  Marking Errors

This is the most labor-intensive method, but it gives you the most control.  I will mark errors and changes in-line with the document using a purple font color. Each correction will be preceded by ** so you can do a search on the document for the things that need your attention.  You make the changes, treating my notes as a suggestion.  This also works well if you don’t have a recent version of Word.

3.  Trust Me

Errors needing your input will be marked by ** in purple and/or marked with a comment, but minor typos (such as “yuo” instead of “you”) will be corrected without comment or indication.  This gives you less to focus upon, but requires that you trust my judgement.

4.  Custom Style

You may have a specific way you want me to mark your document.  I’m willing to accommodate you as much as possible.  Anything convoluted or requiring extra steps may require an additional $50 per project.  However, we will always discuss any additional fees before I begin.


Again, if you have questions or an unusual project to discuss, please email me atdivinebird@gmail.com.  I look forward to working with you!

Rates & Terms


 Terms: 50% up front, 50% upon completion, paid via PayPal.          
 Fiction up to 50k words $200
 Fiction 50k – 100k words $400
 Fiction 100k and up To be determined
 Heavy editing (in addition to base rate)              $50 per 50k words, rounded up            
 Poetry and Papers up to 10k words $.004 per word

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