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Offline Picky Cat Proofreading

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Picky Cat Proofreading
« on: August 13, 2017, 09:22:27 PM »
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Visit www.pickycatproofreading.com to reserve your dates.

Affordable proofreading and copyediting for novels, novellas, and short stories, with three levels of service to make sure you get the attention you need.

Proofreading:

Makes sure writing is free of mechanical errors--spelling, grammar, punctuation, consistency of text-based elements such as hyphenation, capitalization, italicization, etc.

Rate: $0.0020/word. Flat rate of $20 for stories that are less than 10,000 words.

** This is the last step in the editing process, the final polish before publication. If you request proofreading but I think your manuscript would benefit more from copyediting, I will contact you and let you know.

Copyediting:

All the elements of proofreading, in addition to checking consistency of story-based elements such as character eye color, checking for repetition and wordiness within sentences and paragraphs, correcting awkward or irregular sentence structure and word usage, and commenting on actions that could be perceived as improbable or impossible (such as FMC ripping off MC's shirt in the living room, and then again in the bedroom, or putting handcuffs on a bad guy after the hero already did that two paragraphs ago).

Rate: $0.0025/word. Flat rate of $25 for stories that are less than 10,000 words.

Dragon-taming:

Copyediting + formatting. In addition to all the quality control checks included with copyediting, your manuscript will also be formatted using Microsoft Word's Styles palette. Unless other specifications are requested, formatting will include 0.5-inch margins, single-line spacing, 0.4-inch first line indent, and Times New Roman (size 12) for the main text.

Rate: $0.0030/word. Flat rate of $30 for stories that are less than 10,000 words.

Copyediting and Dragon-taming also include:

* A customized style sheet listing a variety of elements within your story. Perfect for maintaining a specific look through a series or an author's entire catalog.
* Two MS Word files
-- A file with Track Changes and Comments turned on, showing all changes made.
-- A file with changes accepted, leaving only Comments for easy reference.

Also available:

-- All new clients receive a free 1,000 word sample edit. Please make sure to write 'Sample' in the Special Notes section of the contact form.
-- Conversion from UK English to US English (no extra charge). Request when scheduling service.

Details:

-- All story lengths and genres are welcome, with the exception of non-fiction.

-- A style guide and a preferred dictionary basically set the rules for decisions made during the editing process. I use the Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, and Dictionary.com. However, your preferred style and choices will always take priority over other resources.

-- I work only on electronic files, and edits will be carried out using Microsoft Word's Track Changes and Comments features.

-- Turnaround time is approximately 24 hours per 20k of manuscript so a 60k novel will take approximately 72 hours. I say 'approximately' because some manuscripts need a little more attention than others and some need a little less. However, I will always do my best to work with any deadlines you may have.

-- I live in Texas, placing me in CST (Central Standard Time). I check my email on a regular basis but please be patient if you try to contact me in the middle of the night.

-- Manuscripts need to be emailed on the day you booked by no later than 9am CST. If a slot is booked and no manuscript is received on that day by 6pm CST, 50% of project fee will be charged and booking will be cancelled.

-- Cancelations without a minimum of 72hrs notice will be charged 50% of project fee.

-- Invoicing is done through PayPal so please include your PayPal email address when you send me a manuscript. I charge 3% on total project cost to cover PayPal fee. You will receive an invoice within a day or two of the assignment being completed. Please pay the invoice within three to five days after receiving it. Payments not received within five days will be charged a late fee.

To reserve time for your proofreading or copyediting job, complete the contact form on my website.

Feel free to message me here or email me if you have any questions.
« Last Edit: September 15, 2017, 08:42:30 AM by Picky Cat Proofreading »
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Re: Picky Cat Proofreading
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2017, 12:45:26 AM »
What are you preferred genres?
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Re: Picky Cat Proofreading
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2017, 04:38:38 AM »
Hey! "Proofreader." Proofread your own post here and fix the characters that don't display.

(I can already see that you're not picky enough for me.)

Offline Picky Cat Proofreading

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Re: Picky Cat Proofreading
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2017, 07:11:15 PM »
What are you preferred genres?

Anything other than non-fiction and religious fiction.
Picky Cat Proofreading & Copyediting
Affordable proofreading and copyediting for novels, novellas, and short stories, with three levels of service to make sure you get the attention you need.

My Service on the KBoards Yellow Pages

Offline Picky Cat Proofreading

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Re: Picky Cat Proofreading
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2017, 07:14:49 PM »
Hey! "Proofreader." Proofread your own post here and fix the characters that don't display.

(I can already see that you're not picky enough for me.)

I usually use MS Word and Google Docs. Wasn't aware of the quirks of the forum software. Noticed the odd characters but when I tried to modify, everything looked normal. Didn't realize retyping would correct the problem. My apologies for the errors. Please feel free to try the free 2,000 word edit to see if I'm picky enough for you when working with software that I'm familiar with.  :)
« Last Edit: August 14, 2017, 07:20:10 PM by Picky Cat Proofreading »
Picky Cat Proofreading & Copyediting
Affordable proofreading and copyediting for novels, novellas, and short stories, with three levels of service to make sure you get the attention you need.

My Service on the KBoards Yellow Pages