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Title: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on July 18, 2015, 01:21:15 PM
My name is Margaret Dean and I've worked as a freelance proofreader for professional publishing houses for the past thirty years. Now I'm bringing my expertise to the independent publishing market.

I'll go over your work with an experienced eye; I'll catch typos, correct spelling and punctuation errors, iron out grammar and usage glitches, and do whatever else is needed to give it the professional, literate polish it deserves.

All varieties of fiction welcome short of full-on erotica (romance-level sex scenes are fine); I'm a longtime SF & fantasy reader and won't boggle at alien terminology or invented languages.  I can also handle non-fiction written for general audiences.

   Rates:  $.35 per 100 words, with a $50.00 minimum, for a two-week turnaround.  Rush rates (1 week turnaround or less) $.50 per 100 words.

   Software:  Microsoft Word Track Changes

   Contact Information:  Email me at margdean56@gmail.com

Special Introductory Offer: If you're an author I've never worked with before, you'll get 10% off the first job I receive from you. 

Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: Gennita Low on July 18, 2015, 05:50:58 PM
Can you PM me and tell me which trad author/book you've edited? Esp. in the romance genre. I'm a hybrid author and know a number of authors' works so it'd help me decide if your style would work for me.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on July 25, 2015, 01:33:20 PM
Finished the first pass on my first job gained through this list, and will be ready for another by next Tuesday (after Mythcon!).
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on August 04, 2015, 07:24:03 AM
I am now back from Mythcon and ready to take on more work!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on August 11, 2015, 06:12:48 PM
Ten percent discount for the first ten customers is still in effect!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on August 18, 2015, 07:57:12 AM
Quality of the Week:  I am (apparently) one of the few people left alive who knows how to conjugate "lie" and "lay" properly.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on August 25, 2015, 08:10:16 AM
Quality of the Week #2:  I majored in French at college, so I can read and correct French excerpts as well as English.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: JRTomlin on August 25, 2015, 08:43:00 AM
Someone who can correct French is a big sell. I still have an acquaintance who STILL laughs at a very basic error I made in a French curse in one of my novels, THE OPENING LINE!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on September 01, 2015, 07:40:56 AM
Quality of the Week #3:  If you're writing a Regency romance, or other historical fiction set in Great Britain, and want to have your titles of nobility and forms of address correct, I can do that too.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on September 09, 2015, 09:14:33 AM
Quality of the Week #4:  I have an OED and I know how to use it!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: Scarlett_R on September 09, 2015, 05:16:18 PM
Hey Marg- I'd be interested in talking to you about some of your work- can you email me at: contact (at) scarlettrugers (dot) come with some of your work and history?
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on September 18, 2015, 10:20:19 AM
Quality of the Week #5:  Language in general is one of my interests, so I enjoy and support creative uses of it.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on October 16, 2015, 09:41:24 AM
Having just sent back a job, I am ready for more work.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on October 23, 2015, 10:27:15 AM
Ten percent discount for first ten KBoards customers is still in effect!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on November 17, 2015, 07:40:52 AM
Quality of the Week #6:  As an Anglophile American with an interest in language, I can handle either British or American spelling and diction ... and make sure that whichever you choose is consistent.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on December 15, 2015, 06:11:49 PM
I just sent back a job and am ready for more work (yes, even over the holidays!).  Ten percent early-customer discount is still in effect!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on December 24, 2015, 10:40:14 AM
A joyous holiday to all, and a happy and productive New Year! :D
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: AlexaKang on December 27, 2015, 10:05:51 PM
Margaret just helped me with my new novel. This is the first time I've worked with her, and I can't say enough good things about her work. She was truly meticulous down to the tiniest missed/erroneous punctuation. My novel is 300+ pages long Word MS length. 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, and it's even better if that pair of eyes belongs to Margaret.

She also caught some tiny inconsistencies which helped a lot, even though my story had gone through content edit and copy edit. Her suggestions for how to make proofreading revisions helped greatly to put finishing touches to my book and made it more refined and polished. I love how she was able to just suggest one or two words and suddenly, the sentence sounds so much smoother and clearer.

Strongly recommended, and if our schedules match up, I hope she can help me with my next books.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: ggwynter on December 28, 2015, 06:01:26 AM
Hi Margaret! I'm new to kboards and just came across this thread. Do you have a website I can check out? Also, have you proofread fiction, specifically romance? Thanks!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on December 30, 2015, 08:54:52 PM
Hi Margaret! I'm new to kboards and just came across this thread. Do you have a website I can check out? Also, have you proofread fiction, specifically romance? Thanks!

I don't have a professional website, no ... that's not my area of expertise.  I'm very good at keeping up-to-date on my email, however; you can find my email address in the initial post in this thread.

Yes, in my career I have proofread primarily fiction, which has included a lot of romances of all varieties (contemporary, historical, paranormal, comedy, suspense... you name it).
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on January 18, 2016, 09:30:13 AM
Having just sent back a job, I am ready for more work.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: Anonymously Anonymous on January 18, 2016, 10:23:06 AM
Math is not my strong suit.

So on a 100,000 word manuscript, you charge $350?
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: P.A. Woodburn on January 18, 2016, 12:12:15 PM
Quality of the Week:  I am (apparently) one of the few people left alive who knows how to conjugate "lie" and "lay" properly.

Me too.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on January 18, 2016, 08:24:40 PM
Math is not my strong suit.

So on a 100,000 word manuscript, you charge $350?

That's right.  (Math is not my strong suit either, hence my not fiddling with fractions-of-cents-per-word!  And thank God for the calculator function. :) )
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: Anonymously Anonymous on January 19, 2016, 11:43:53 AM
Quote
And thank God for the calculator function.

Indeed. :)
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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)!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: Becca Mills on May 24, 2016, 09:16:07 PM
Congrats to your son! :)
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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. ;)
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: RayBright 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.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on June 11, 2016, 12:54:37 PM
Ray, the 10% discount has run out, I'm afraid. More details in private email.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on June 18, 2016, 09:49:29 AM
Don't tell me people only love me for my discount....  :(
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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?
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: Jane_Dough 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.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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).
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on August 09, 2016, 08:29:21 AM
I'm back from Mythcon and ready for more work!
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Post by: P.A. Woodburn 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?
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on September 07, 2016, 09:06:04 AM
Having just sent back my latest job, I'm ready for more work.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 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...  ;)
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on October 17, 2016, 09:18:43 AM
One drawback I've found to reading books on my Kindle: When I'm reading a paper book and find a typo or other error, I can grab a pencil and make a correction (assuming I own the book, of course!). If there's a way to do that on the Kindle, I haven't discovered it.

Why yes, I am a trifle compulsive. That's why I make such a good proofreader.  ;)
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on October 31, 2016, 09:48:52 AM
Happy Halloween to all, and best of luck to all who are about to embark on NaNoWriMo!
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on November 25, 2016, 09:30:55 AM
For the holidays, I'm premiering a new introductory discount offer: 10% off the price of the first job I receive from an author I've never worked with before.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on December 06, 2016, 10:15:30 AM
Having just sent back a job, I'm ready for more work.

To clarify the new introductory discount: ANY author I've never worked with before will get a 10% discount on the first job they send to me.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on December 15, 2016, 06:06:06 PM
So, half a month on ... how did people do with NaNoWriMo?
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Post by: margdean56 on December 22, 2016, 07:50:03 AM
Whichever winter holiday you celebrate, may it be a happy, peaceful and shining one!
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Post by: margdean56 on January 11, 2017, 10:28:39 AM
Having just sent back a job, I'm ready for more work.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on January 25, 2017, 09:10:55 AM
Something that's come to mind recently: KBoards, in its Yellow Pages, doesn't distinguish between the different stages of editing a work. I suspect it's for that reason that over the past couple of years I've been sent works that seem to me to be first drafts. Now, far be it from me to discourage people from sending me jobs, but a copyeditor/proofreader is most useful when working on a manuscript at a later stage. Think of it as the paint job on a car. You wouldn't send a car out on the road unpainted, but neither do you send it out to be painted before you have all the parts assembled into a working automobile.

Just something to keep in mind...
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on February 01, 2017, 09:14:38 AM
Not that I haven't done content editing, but that was in a fan-fiction setting, not professionally -- and not to a deadline. Copyediting/proofreading is what I would call my professional bag of tricks.
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on February 08, 2017, 09:05:45 AM
...though, as I said at the outset, far be it from me to discourage people from sending me work!  :)
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Post by: margdean56 on March 10, 2017, 10:10:54 AM
Having just sent back a job, I'm ready for more work.
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Post by: margdean56 on April 21, 2017, 09:53:45 AM
The last time he called, my younger son, who's a grad student in chemistry at the University of Michigan, told me that he is now the lab's designated proofreader. I guess it runs in the family!  :)
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Post by: margdean56 on July 04, 2017, 08:57:54 AM
A glorious Fourth to all ... and here's to freedom of expression!
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Post by: margdean56 on August 01, 2017, 06:12:15 PM
I'm back from Mythcon and ready for more work!
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Post by: Kyle Alexander Romines on November 01, 2017, 10:06:31 PM
Margaret did a fantastic job proofreading my latest novel. She found dozens of mistakes--including a few particularly embarrassing ones--that my editor missed completely. Not only were her services very affordable, she was also fast--I received my draft in two week's time. Highly recommended!   
Title: Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
Post by: margdean56 on November 08, 2017, 09:57:18 AM
Thanks for the recommendation, Kyle! In return I should say that Bride was a very interesting read!
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