What I Do
I Have the Proofreading Credentials That Will Help You Look Polished and Professional
Hello, my name is Patricia Ogilvie, and I am your new best friend! Trained as a writer and proofreader. I can make your writing life more relaxed than you expected!
Before you consider hiring me as your proofreader, we need to clear up any possible confusion:
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 proofreaders’ 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 just to be doubly clear, I am proficient at all four levels.
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: http://www.firstbook-writing-editing-publishing.com/levels.html, https://proofreadanywhere.com/21-resources-and-tools-for-proofreaders-that-make-work-easier/ 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 allows 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 repost 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, 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 it out all 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. ==>> https://auntisays.com/contact-me/
P.S. Here’s what one of my favourite 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 copywriter.”–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 feel 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.
They are your life supporters, even if you don’t need them all the time.
People who are disappointed have their own agenda. Their agenda is not aligned with yours, so it doesn’t matter, does it?
Let’s talk about making your business more profitable. Sure, you could go out and create a new product or come up with an entirely new stream of revenue. But that takes a lot of time and energy. Let’s look at a much easier way to improve you bottom line – using what you’ve already got.
Hire a copywriter (ghost like me) and create your best work yet. Who knows, it could be the next best seller on Amazon. Are you ready?
Start by seeing what you can do to get more of your customers to look at you as the authority in your field. If you’re not ready for a best seller, at least follow this simple advice: add fresh content regularly to your blog or web pages a few times a week. Fresh content will bring fresh visitors to your site and encourage your existing readers to keep coming back.
Make it easy to share your content via social media. Add some Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest buttons to your site along with some attention grabbing images. It’s a good idea to get more active on social media yourself to grow your audience and drive engagement.
And think hard on getting that new book written and published!
This is what I want for you:
- Managing Your Time Effectively
Are you managing your time effectively? As online entrepreneurs we’re bad about falling in the trap of counting every hour at the computer as work time. And sometimes it’s not! Be honest with yourself here for a minute. How much of that time is spent browsing through Facebook, checking the latest Reddit posts or going down the rabbit hole of research? Why don’t you let me help you with that?
We’re all guilty of it but to be more profitable and productive we have to manage our time effectively. While the ideas below will take some getting used to, the end result will be to spend less time at your desk and more time away from your computer doing the things you love to do.
- Make A Plan And Break It Down
Start by figuring out what you want to get accomplished. What ís your next big project and what ongoing tasks need to be taken care of on a daily or weekly basis? Is writing that next book on your radar? If not, the simple solution is to have me write it for you.
If you’re working on a new coaching program, that might involve outlining what you want to teach, writing the training course, editing and formatting, creating worksheets and slides and figuring out how you’ll sell and deliver the program.
In addition you may have daily or weekly tasks like blogging, emailing your subscribers, interacting on social media sites and forums etc.
Figure out what you need to get done over the coming weeks and write it down. Knowing what you should be working on to be more profitable is half the battle. And get help!! Do let’s get to it!