Thursday, 9 October 2014

I'm Also A Proofreader/Editor

Recently I decided to prostitute myself (again, not literally) as a voice actor. I even got one offer from Bryan or Brandon. So that was good. I'm back again to prostitute myself (once more, not literally) as an editor and proofreader. 
Who wouldn't want to be paid to read?
Do you find yourself thinking "Boy I sure do love writing, but I just don't have the time to make sure that it all makes sense and is correct." If you do, you have a strange brain. But I have the answer for you. That answer is me. For the low low low price of $5 per 2000 words I will read over your manuscript, your blog, your magazine, your website, whatever. I will read whatever you have that you need proofreading and I will correct any and all mistakes. If there's one thing I'm adept at it's the English language. 
After all, I live there. In one of these places.
Let me reassure you that my cheapness does not mean there will be a lack of quality. It's more about how desperate I am. If there's one thing I've learned from cheap labour it's that you CAN price yourself into the market. I've been writing professionally for about four years now and self edited and proofread all of my own work. I'm damn good at it. The reason I never got anyone else to do it is because I don't need to. I've helped people out with their own projects. I'm a meticulous grammar Nazi who spots mistakes in professionally edited books. Have you seen how many mistakes there are in Harry Potter? I know I have and it's more than you'd think. 

So if you're interested then drop me an email at marknoyce_6@hotmail.com, and let's do business. God damn I'm surprisingly good at this "sell yourself" thing. How the hell did I never get a job? 

So remember, I will proofread and edit your work for less than the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks*.

*I have no idea how much coffee costs at Starbucks I'm just guessing it's overpriced. 

8 comments:

  1. Cool! Stop writing yourself off as a whore and don't call it "cheapness" but rather "low price/quality ratio", and you're all set to go into business! (Seriously, now that you're officially doing things, try and make it seem official. ;D)
    I'm going to stop procrastinating soon and try and get some work done on the revised Caves, but the thing as it is now is already 40k+. That's a hundred bucks too steep for me. Got any tips for me so I ca self-edit?

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    1. Well I shouldn't really give away the tricks of the trade but what the hell? The main thing to do is take some time away from your story to distance yourself from it. I'd say you've done that. You also have to resist the urge to just skim over it. Read it properly and tell yourself you don't know exactly what you wrote or you won't notice any mistakes. Self editing is tougher because, as I said, you're telling yourself you already know everything so it's hard to focus on the writing and read it properly. If you can take care of that you can take care of your own editing. The main thing I do is just edit as I type, but even that's not perfect because when I've gone back to read a completed work, there's errors I need to correct.

      Thanks for the tips by the way. So I guess I owed you some in return anyway.

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  2. better you than i...i have served as an editor on a couple mags and books...it is my least fav part of writing honestly...at least when it comes to grammar....

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    1. Ahh you're making me nervous now but I do love grammar. There are a lot of hidden rules though.

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  3. Good to know. I just finished writing a book. It's with several beta readers now. After that, I will be in need of a good editor ;-)

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    1. Well I'm very good at what I do so when the time comes I hope you'll consider me. Congratulations on finishing a book too. I know how stressful that can be. Plus stress leads to non-writing which leads to even more stress. It's such a vicious cycle.

      Writing really does seem to be for the sadomasochistic.

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  4. Good luck with this new venture Mark!

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    1. Thank you. I hope I can get something with it.

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