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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2016, 09:40:19 AM »
Ten percent discount for the first ten customers is still in effect (fortunately the calculator function can do that, too)!

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« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2016, 09:22:10 AM »
One of the things I find I like about the independent, electronic market is that I can work with authors all over the world, with no worries about shipping large stacks of paper about!

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« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2016, 09:11:24 AM »
Quality of the Week #7:  I'm good at deadlines.  In thirty years of proofreading, I can only recall a couple of times when some unexpected circumstance caused me to return a job a day or two late.  If there's a due date, the job will be back on that date.

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« Reply #28 on: February 15, 2016, 09:20:11 AM »
I initially thought I could do the proofreading myself, but now I know, there is no possible way I could've caught all those errors. A fresh pair of eyes is necessary...

I'm thankful to Alexa for the full testimonial (above), but I thought this bit was especially worth quoting.  I know that if I were preparing my own work for publication, I would get a professional proofreader to go over it for me, despite the fact that I am a professional proofreader.

I think the main reason a writer can't effectively proof their own work is this:  If you're the writer, you know what is supposed to be there ... so that's what you tend to see, whether or not it actually is there.  That's why you need a fresh pair of eyes belonging to a person who doesn't start out intimately familiar with the work.

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #29 on: April 29, 2016, 09:58:31 AM »
Thanks to Maggie, Paul, Sarah, Alexa, Anita, and especially Trisha, I am now past the first-ten-customers milestone. On we go... Having just sent back my latest job, I am ready for more work!

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #30 on: May 16, 2016, 08:39:52 PM »
As I'm heading off tomorrow to see my younger son graduate college, I'll be unavailable for about a week (since I am not taking my laptop along). I'll post again when I get back.

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #31 on: May 24, 2016, 06:12:37 PM »
Back from getting my younger son graduated (summa cum laude, no less!) and ready for more work.

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« Reply #32 on: May 24, 2016, 09:16:07 PM »
Congrats to your son! :)




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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #33 on: June 03, 2016, 09:37:17 AM »
Quality of the Week #8:  Writing in English when it's not your first language? I can find and iron out the subtle little quirks that betray that ... so no one will ever know. ;)

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2016, 08:20:38 AM »
Not taking a summer vacation this year, apart from a few days in August. Creativity -- and thus, proofreading -- knows no season!

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2016, 08:31:09 AM »
Let me take advantage of your 10% discount, please. Let me know if I made the cut, and how to proceed.

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2016, 12:54:37 PM »
Ray, the 10% discount has run out, I'm afraid. More details in private email.

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #37 on: June 18, 2016, 09:49:29 AM »
Don't tell me people only love me for my discount....  :(

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #38 on: June 25, 2016, 08:17:52 AM »
Actually, I have more time for proofreading in the summer, with other activities being on hiatus. Do other people find this to be true about their writing projects?

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« Reply #39 on: June 25, 2016, 08:46:58 AM »
Quality of the Week #4:  I have an OED and I know how to use it!

That's hot.

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #40 on: July 26, 2016, 07:36:55 PM »
Having just sent back my latest job (a couple of days early, actually), I am ready for more work -- with the proviso that I'll need to schedule around Mythcon (August 4th - 8th).

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« Reply #41 on: August 09, 2016, 08:29:21 AM »
I'm back from Mythcon and ready for more work!

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #42 on: August 09, 2016, 10:15:10 AM »
I'm writing a thriller almost ready for editing. I think it will be about 65,000 words. Are you willing to edit in Scrivener?

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« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2016, 09:40:47 AM »
I'm writing a thriller almost ready for editing. I think it will be about 65,000 words. Are you willing to edit in Scrivener?

I'd love to work on your thriller, but I'm afraid I don't have Scrivener available. MS Word with Track Changes is what my computer has.

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« Reply #44 on: August 17, 2016, 08:46:22 AM »
Side note -- I'm going to be getting an actual Kindle for my upcoming 60th birthday. Previously I've just had the software on my laptop.

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« Reply #45 on: September 07, 2016, 09:06:04 AM »
Having just sent back my latest job, I'm ready for more work.

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« Reply #46 on: September 15, 2016, 09:15:14 AM »
Having a Kindle of my own now, I should be more aware of the formatting shifts and what will and will not continue to be important in correcting texts.

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #47 on: September 23, 2016, 10:30:55 AM »
Still learning...

The resumption, after summer break, of the interfaith Bible study class I'm in reminds me that I'm in the process of (slowly) learning Biblical Hebrew. This doesn't mean that I can actually proofread Hebrew texts (even with vowel markings), but it does mean I can recognize the letters and some individual words.

Never stop learning!

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #48 on: October 01, 2016, 08:17:49 AM »
A propos of the last message, L'Shanah Tovah to all those on the board who celebrate Rosh Hashanah!

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #49 on: October 10, 2016, 09:29:57 AM »
With fall well under way (at least in the northern hemisphere), seems to me like this is a good time for authors who want to have their work ready for holiday sales to be thinking about that final polish...  ;)

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