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I'm a recently qualified proofreader (awarded distinction by the Publishing Training Centre), currently offering my services at reduced rates in return for the experience and (hopefully!) a testimonial.

I have a BA in English Literature and a Master's in Applied Linguistics (both with first class honours) and worked as an English teacher and examiner for over 15 years. What I loved most about teaching was introducing students to narratives and voices that chimed with their own, as well as enabling them to believe in themselves as writers. I hope to eventually work as a developmental editor for YA authors, but for now I'm really excited about helping self-published writers of all genres present their work at its very best. Words have always been my bread and butter, and the creative use of language is my obsession!

If your copy-edited manuscript needs a final polish by a gimlet-eyed proofreader, please get in touch!
You can find me in the yellow pages at: https://www.kboards.com/yp/index.php/?p_search=gimlet&action=search&p_page=
 

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Greetings, Gimlet! You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe.

Now that you have an official thread, you'll want to add your listing to our Yellow Pages, found here: http://www.kboards.com/yp/. The listing is free to KB members and is completely self-service; you can add and edit your listing from the page. More information on our Yellow Pages listing can be found here.

In your thread here, we ask that the same basic rules be followed as we have for authors in the Book Bazaar: you may have this one thread about your service and must post to it rather than start a new thread each time. New threads about the service will be removed. Please bookmark this thread so that you can find it again when you want to post.

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Gimlet, aka Bec McNeil, has proofread two works for me in the last few weeks: a novel and a novelette. Her work was outstanding. She communicated well, her questions were on point, and she was so thorough it's hard to imagine she missed anything. Most impressive to me was that her suggestions showed real insight, not just a regurgitation of style sheet rules. My concern going in--I write in American English whereas Bec is British--was unfounded. With that difference came an alternate point of view that actually improved the final product. I'm spoiled by a top-notch editor, and I found Bec to be of that same ilk—a welcomed addition to my little team.
 
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