I’ve been a proofreader for thirty years, and I love what I do. Over the years, I’ve encountered and corrected errors on a wide variety of projects, including the following:
- technical manuals
- military maintenance manuals
- government publications
- legal documents
- high-school and middle-school textbooks
- fiction and nonfiction books
- daily newspaper
Affordable, full-service proofreading
I will mark your manuscript for problems with grammar, punctuation, and spelling. I will also note inconsistencies with characters, dialogue, and action. I include this form of light editing as part of my proofreading service.
Example: I recently proofread a novel that takes place during the Civil War. A freelance editor had already worked on the manuscript, but I found the following inconsistency. On one page, a small group of soldiers and civilians is taken captive by the Union army. A dying character slips a gun to a woman he is trying to help escape. Forty pages later, the woman is described as removing the gun from the dying character’s belt. This kind of inconsistency is embarrassing in a published book.
Value-added screenplay proofreading
I am especially interested in screenplay proofreading. Here’s what usually happens after you’ve finished your first draft. You let a few trusted friends and relatives read the screenplay you’ve worked so hard on. They like it. But is it ready to send to agents, readers, and other film professionals? You’re not sure.
Thorough proofreading and light editing may be all your screenplay needs. I will help ensure that the content of your work shines through, unmarred by typos and inconsistencies.
A screenplay is a unique form. A typical screenplay page averages 205 words, while a conventional manuscript page averages 280 words. I’ve come up with a value-added rate calculation to account for this. See the Contact/Rates page to see how I price your screenplay based on a reduced page count.
Please see the Edited Screenplays page for examples of errors and inconsistencies I’ve marked on produced screenplays. The Grammar Comic Strip page features a comic strip that I’ve written and drawn.