Hire Me!

lpI have more than 25 years of proofreading experience behind me. If you write words that appear in public, all by themselves, you need me. Trust me. You do.

I’m currently available for proofreading, copy editing, and page layout. I proofread book layouts, newsletters, magazines, brochures, and author manuscripts. If it has words on it—formatted or not—I’ll find the mistakes! (And there are mistakes. Always.)

I also typeset books, booklets, programs, and directories. I do NOT use Word to do page layout. It offends my delicate sensibilities as an artist. Well, that, and I just can’t get it to do what I want. So, I use Adobe InDesign CS6 or CC.

Remember: Just because there are 2,000 fonts on your computer doesn’t mean you’re supposed to use all of them.

If you’re an indie author or in any way self-published, you need me. I know I keep saying that, but you do. I don’t care that you’ve been using words since you were a toddler. That doesn’t mean you use them correctly, or spell them correctly, or punctuate them correctly.

Your writing is your presentation of “self” to the world. Make sure it doesn’t go out in public naked.

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In case you missed some of this information on the other pages here:

I’ve worked since the late 1980s as a proofreader and/or typesetter for: Shoemaker & Hoard, F+W Publications, Carroll & Graf, WingSpread/Zur, Crown & Covenant Publications, and a few other stray publishers here and there.

I also work directly with published and unpublished authors, formatting and proofreading manuscripts and layout.

I usually proofread and copy edit manuscripts (in all stages from first draft to final layout) by scribbling on them using Adobe Acrobat Pro 9. It’s almost like proofreading in the “old days” of hard copy, but without the guilt of using paper or paying for postage.

I can also work using Word’s Track Changes feature. If you’re more comfortable with that (meaning, I won’t have to explain how it works), that’s fine. My proofing speed is about the same with either program.

I use  the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, or the AP Stylebook, as needed. Also, you can’t go wrong with Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Well, not unless you drop it on your foot.

For page layout, I use Adobe InDesign CS6 or CC (Windows). I’m not the person you want for artistic cover design. I’m no artist. Instead, I do book interiors.

Contact me using my “Contact” page here or through Facebook for more information on rates and turnaround times.

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