Copy Editing & Writing Services
Get the Editing and Proofreading or Writing Services That Will Help You Look Polished and Professional.
** If you’re looking for copywriting or a ghost for your articles, blogs or book, check out my experience and credentials here: Writing Services.
Now… about proofreading. It’s taking a lot of space here because, and this is my opinion, it’s the most important, last critical item before your audience reads you!
Proofreading is the final pair of eyes before setting the content out into the world for your public’s eyes! And if they see a grammatical, spelling, CAPitalization error, verb/subject faux pas, in that split second, they decide if you are what you say you are, or a phony. Guess what? A large percentage of people take content messiness as a sign you suck!
We know that’s not true that you suck, but your reader gets that first impression from your content.
— Guys, it’s like walking into your first meeting, and your fly is down.
— Gals, it’s like showing up with a hole in your dark stockings.
— It’s like introducing yourself to precisely who needs to speak with you, and you have a coffee stain on your shirt!
Right now, you have an important decision to make. Decide to start winning more success and gain greater public authority. Show your customer you command respect.
You can make this one choice: add my proofreading package to your written efforts. Or you can choose to do nothing and remain wondering why people turn away.
Seriously. It sounds like an easy decision, but either way, you are making a choice.
Give proofreading a chance – your reputation depends on it.
Here’s something many people don’t realize. Proofreading is different from editing. There are a few different versions of how to proof and edit a document.
Let’s get those flies up, hose looking new, and stains are gone from your content! Oh and here’s a little look-see how adjustments in content could look: B&A What is lean manufacturing – the before and after sample snippet.
There’s a difference among the various levels of proofreading and editing.
Because I want our working relationship to be smooth right from the start, it’s very, very easy for there to be confusion. So I’m going to help clarify that for you. There are four standard levels of editing (often called “editorial passes”). It’s SO important to understand these levels because each edit requires a specific skill set and is charged out at a different rate.
You don’t want to assume the person you hire (me) should cost a proofreader’s rate and end up being expected to do some serious editing. The price will change if there is more expectation that the final proof requires additional work or review. And to be doubly clear, I am proficient at all four levels.
In fact, I used these levels to help Gloria become an Amazon Best seller. Here’s what she had to say:
“Wow what can I say – Patricia is definitely an amazing editor. She made what I wrote make sense and made all the mistakes disappear. She definitely had a greenhorn on the other end but with her expertise, my book Behind The Eyes: A Story of Perseverance has become a #1 best seller book on Amazon – thanks so much Patricia, you are the best!”– Gloria Kapeller
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I’m here to help eliminate any confusion on your part, plus give you the knowledge you need to be able to make the right choice. I’ve excerpted the following information from several reliable resources:
and one of the best proofreaders I’ve worked with, Caitlin Pyle with https://proofreadanywhere.com/
Look at this concise list of editing types. Once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll understand why it’s essential to hire the right style of proofreader. (Like me, of course!)
4 Levels of Editing:
1. Developmental editing (book manuscripts)
Sometimes called structural or substantive editing, developmental editing looks at the “big picture.” As a developmental editor, I will read the document (usually a manuscript) and make sure the story makes sense and ensure you address any larger issues before moving forward.
As a developmental editor, I work on the following:
- Overall structure
- Character development
- Adding/deleting/rearranging scenes or content
- The introduction and ending
2. Line editing
The line edit comes after developmental aspects are fixed. (See point 1) Sometimes it is called stylistic or content editing. Here is where I would drill down into more specific items.
As a line editor, I work on the following:
- Voice (word choice) and style (phrasing)
- Refining characterizations
- Hooks and prompts (beginning and end of each chapter)
- Overused dialogue tags
- Bad writing habits (similar sentence structure, sentences all starting with the same word, filler words like “just,” “really,” etc.)
3. Copy editing
Copy editing is the one most commonly confused with proofreading. It’s not unusual to come across many clients who ask for a proofreader but need a copy editor. If you’re looking for a proofreading solution, but want words changed or sentence structure fixed, that is NOT proofreading — that’s copy editing. Just saying.
As a copy editor, I work on the following:
- Double-checking the table of contents, footnotes, bibliography, etc. (if applicable)
- Double-checking consistency with actions
- Fixing echo words (when the author uses the same word repeatedly)
- Ensuring the timeline is accurate
- Checking chapter and page numbers are correctly numbered
Proofreading is the last stage in the game before a piece of content goes live. A proofreader is looking for items that have been missed in previous editorial passes. Proofreading is NOT the stage where I would suggest different words or rewrite sentences; however, if I come across a glaring error that a previous editor missed, I would flag it for you.
As a proofreader, I work on the following:
- Double words (“the the,” “and and,” etc.)
- Formatting issues
Now that this is cleared up, why should you hire me?
- Having a professional set of eyes for your final proof allows you to gain the respect you deserve and will enable you to close more sales.
- Catching issues saves you money – you know the kind of expense you’d incur having to reprint a batch of brochures or re-post hundreds of hours of website and online material because of a glaring mistake.
- You can start commanding the credibility and respect your business deserves in as little as hours – depending on the content and agreed time schedules.
Here are just some of the things you get when you decide to invest in me as your proofreader:
- If you are a ‘business owner’ who advertises, offers brochures, postcards, business cards, whitepapers or ebooks, you need a proofreader!
- Regardless of how short your message may be, or how stunning a graphic designer’s ad looks as if something has a misspelled word or a misplaced punctuation mark, the chances are those mistakes are going to bring down the credibility of your product or topic. I’m here to help as a final set of eyes before production.
- Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you make a first impression. And like most impressions, you can control the outcome.
- I’m willing and here for you.
For more information about me, please go check out more of my pages and get back to the Contact me and let’s get to know each other.
Whichever form of “a second pair of eyes” you require, proofing makes your copy presentable and credible.
Have a wonderful day, and I look forward to hearing from you.
P.S. Here’s what one of my favorite clients had to say:
“If you want someone who is passionate about her work and is sincerely interested in who you are and your needs, then you have found that person. Patricia prides herself on the power of words, and she delivers. It has been a privilege to work with her, and I recommend her highly as a writer and editor.”–John Robson, www.HigherAwareness.com
Oprah said, “You cannot live a brave life without disappointing some people.”
Frankly, you can’t change how other people feel, ever. You can only change how you think about yourself, what you do and what you don’t do.
What this also means to me is that if those people who scoff, judge, and get disappointed with what you do or don’t do, they don’t have your back in the first place. That’s okay. People, who care for you and want to see you excel, will not be disappointed. They are your cheerleaders. They stand by you.
I stand by you and your work. I stand by my work. Together, we make quality impressions that intrigue your customers.
Here’s what I do. I proof, edit, and even write your content. Check out some samples on this page of what the process can look like.
Make it easy on yourself. Let’s work together to get your content porfessional looking and quality minded.
And seriously, think hard about getting that new book and valuable content edited professionally! See examples through this link here.
My Title List
Here is the short list of Edited/Proofread Titles. (among copious articles, business ebook, documentation):
- Still Beautiful by Kelly Woodhouse Falardeau
- Behind the Eyes, Gloria Kapeller
- Her irish Boss, Carlyn Jones
- Her Irish Chef, Carlyn Jones
- Her Irish Flirt, Carlyn Jones
- A Little More, Carlyn Jones
- Can-Cer-Vive: Our Journey by Terry Carolyn Mudryk
- The Liberated Woman No Apologies by Vowero Otomewo-Oriakhi
- I Wish I Could(n’t) Care Less by Patricia Ogilvie, Amazon #1 International Best Seller
- Please God… 4 Book Series of Inspirational Adult Coloring Books by Aunti Says
- How to Be the BOSS of Your Own Money by Patricia Ogilvie
- Ukrainian EggCessories by Kathy Verrelli
- How to Keep the Ground from Shaking by Patricia Ogilvie
- Balancing Acts by Kathie Sutherland
- What We Keep – Memoir by Kathie Sutherland