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Copyediting and Proofreading
« on: June 14, 2018, 08:45:52 AM »
Greetings, all! 

Talented and successful indie author (Cindy Brandner, the Exit Unicorns series) encouraged me to take the leap into professional copyediting and proofreading. I was a beta reader for her, after years of writing, editing and proofing articles, grant proposals, performance programs, promotional materials, news stories and related social media posts (my husband is a TV news anchor who often writes and posts from home), and the occasional academic paper, as SIL #1 is a biology professor. I have an English degree from Boston College, and before that, I had twelve years of education with Catholic nuns who were VERY serious about the correct use of language. Believe me, that stayed with me!!!  ;)

Cindy asked me to edit her most recent work, the novella Bare Knuckle, which is a prequel to her truly outstanding series, and then had me edit the first 2 chapters of her work-in-progress. To quote Cindy: "You have a great touch with the editing. I feel like things got fixed, but you take a light touch with it."  That pretty much sums up my approach: my job is to make sure you produce the best possible completed manuscript.

I hope you'll give me a try. My website is https://www.theprosepolisher.com

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Re: Let's make your writing shine!
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 10:25:35 AM »
I find your resume interesting. Catholic school was a bit plus. Those nuns run a tight ship.  People here are going to be looking for a price per word.

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Re: Let's make your writing shine!
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 02:33:36 PM »
Thanks for that tip re: pricing. I'd researched, and debated, and finally went with per page rather than per hour. Per word is certainly doable. More research in my future!!!

Yes, the nuns had a lasting influence. My Catholic education was excellent, if lacking in frills, and there was great emphasis on reading, writing and language. I've put that knowledge to work ever since.  The Jesuits took over in college, teaching us to think. All in all, a strong basis for what I'm doing.

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Re: Let's make your writing shine!
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2018, 03:04:27 PM »
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Re: Let's make your writing shine!
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2018, 01:38:38 AM »
I find your resume interesting. Catholic school was a bit plus. Those nuns run a tight ship.  People here are going to be looking for a price per word.
I learned how to diagram sentences in Catholic school. Probably why I'm pretty decent at it to this day.

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Re: Copyediting and Proofreading
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 06:16:35 PM »
I'm in the middle of editing and proofing a Sci-Fi work this week, but I'll have availability beginning next Monday, the 25th of June. Send me an email at marie@theprosepolisher.com if you're at the copyediting or proofreading stage. Careful, thorough work at very reasonable rates.

For details, head to my website at www.theprosepolisher.com