I will Edit and Proofread 1000 words for $30

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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Grammar is the breathing power of the life of language. Munia Khan

The flesh of prose gets its shape and strength of the bones of grammar. Constance Hale

Words are the coins making up the currency of sentences, and there are always too many small coins. Jules Renard

Punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language: they tell us to slow down, notice this, take a detour, and stop. Lynne Truss

The importance of a well-drafted document devoid of any grammatical error, in whatever field it may be, cannot be stressed enough. All it takes to bring down the credibility of a reputed organization is a minor grammatical error on the landing page of its website. Though there are innumerable software packages available today that check content for grammatical and spelling errors, proofreading is best done manually.

Proofreading becomes all the more important prior to the presentation of theses, publishing a story or a book where the grammar, punctuation, and spelling, as well as other aspects of linguistics of the language used provides an insight into the author's command over the language. Having a post-graduate degree in English (Linguistics), I have been writing, editing and proofreading in the formal sector for the past 15 years and this is my first step towards freelancing.

I proofread manually, using computers only for the primary screening of the document for spelling errors and tracking the editing which I do in Microsoft Word and occasionally use the software White Smoke. My standard references for orthography are the Oxford Dictionary and Merriam-Webster Dictionary and their respective grammar styles which set the standards for the British English and American English. I proofread documents in respect of errors in spelling, typography, grammar, punctuation, sentence structuring and use of vocabulary.

What is included

  • > Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control. - Jeffrey Gitomer
  • My goal is to help you create a strong impression on your audience through a content that has, to quote Bob Wootton, clarity, brevity, narrative and pace as axioms. I shall be:
  • * Correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, typos, capitalize proper nouns
  • * Ensuring consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization
  • * Verifying the factuality of the statements in the content, especially in case of a work of non-fiction.
  • * Editing extraneous words or sentences
  • * Editing run-on sentences.
  • * Checking and editing content for redundancies.
  • * Checking, correcting and editing content for usage of unnatural phrasing
  • * Passages that do not read well due to bland language use
  • * Checking, correcting and editing content for digressions
  • * Provide an editor's review of the clarity, brevity, narrative, and pace of the content with suggestions for improvement.
  • **Contents in excess of 1000 words shall be charged proportionately at the rate $7 per 500 words.**
  • ** Major Rewriting / Rewording of contents shall be undertaken at the rate of $20 per page/500 words over and above the above-mentioned charges.**

What is not included

  • Book-length editing
  • Critique

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A freelance proof-reader and editor based in India with a Master of English degree and specialize in English orthography and grammar. I also have a Master of Science in Physics and I am well conversant with the Microsoft Office Suite 2013 and WhiteSmoke. My expertise also extends to MLA and APA style formatting. My goal is to help you in creating a strong impression on your audience with a content having, to quote Bob Wootton, clarity, brevity, narrative and pace as axioms.

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