Proofreaders Wanted

Author: Penn Fawn / Posted: 03.12.19, 13:47:56

I’m looking for proofreaders, ideally those into fantasy. I say so because it seems like no matter how many times you’ve read your work or even after you’ve had an editor(s) work on it, a few errors remain here and there that neither of you caught. So, the first book of the series although very very close to being done, remains a work in progress. 

Again, the book has been edited several times. No developmental or line editing is required, just proofreading. However, in the unlikely event you find something like say a plot hole, that is, of course, something you should bring to my attention.

Ideally, I would like to work with someone who knows how to use Microsoft Word to post comments in the right column of a given data file. Experienced Word users and editors will know what I mean by that.

If you don’t know what that means and you live in New York and would still like to help, I can provide you with a double spaced printed version of the book on standard-sized pages to mark up.

This can be done piece meal, chapter or a few chapters at a time; doesn't have to all be done in one swoop. If you're not in New York, I can of course email files to you as well.

My reward for your help is I’ll give you an advanced reader copy, an eBook of the novel, or any of them in the series you might also like to proofread, plus mail a print on demand version to you as soon as that is available.

Thank you, and I hope to hear from you soon.


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SavannahGeorgia 03.12.2019, 16:06:04

You might want to change the wording of this notice a bit. You start off by saying "be as critical as possible" only to follow it up with "no development or line editing required". The point of a beta reader is to see if it makes sense from their point of view, spelling and everything in between.

Second, saying that the finding of a plot hole is highly unlikely comes off as a red flag. It's the same as saying "my book is the next bestseller". Unless you have an established history to back that up, it's not a good sign.

Thirdly, asking for "beta reading experience", as if someone is another red flag. Again, unless you have an established history to back up why reading your book is such a big deal, it won't work.

And finally, offering a reward is not needed. Not to mention the reward that is being offered is a gamble for the reader. An Ebook is one thing, but an actual hard copy if and when it's available? If you go a traditional publishing route, that's a year's wait at least, provided the first round of agents pick it up, and that's unlikely for anyone.

Look up It's a beta reader/writer matching site. Completely free. All you have to do is upload a completed book.

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Penn Fawn 03.12.2019, 18:42:52

SavannahGeorgia, Ok. I am really grateful for your pointing this out. Going to update the copy on my website as well. Thanks bunches!

Penn Fawn 03.12.2019, 17:14:37

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