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I write, proofread, and edit documents, articles, manuals, essays, church newsletters, brochures, and manuscripts, etc. I also translate historic documents from Old German handwriting (Suetterlin, Kurrent, Fraktur) into English.
Proofreading and editing
Why might you need my services? Because a second pair of eyes will spot what you missed. Few things are as exasperating as sending off or publishing a document, only to discover that youíve misspelled a word, left one out, or could have expressed something more clearly than you did. To illustrate my point, only this morning, a grocery store ad in our local newspaper caught my eye:
We have the healthliest fish.
I bet they wish they'd had a proofreader before they published this ad.
A few years ago, traveling from East to West, I passed a large sign that read:
To this day, I regret that I didnít stop to knock on the door of that little church and to point the error out to whoever opened the door. No doubt, this sign elicited a good many smiles from those whizzing by on the Interstate that day.
(For those of you who don't spot the error: It's Calvary.)
Do you have a great idea for a book? A manuscript even? But you donít know whether or not your manuscript has potential? Maybe all you need is some encouragement and some expert advice. I want to help you realize your dream and to finish your book. Please contact me to discuss the scope of your project.
I am a writer, an editor, and a translator, and have a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature. During my college teaching career, if my math serves me right, I have read, corrected, edited, graded, marked upwards of 3000 papers, essays, term papers, articles.
I also hold a translator's diploma from the German Department of Industry and Commerce.
I have published five books as well as essays and short stories. Aside from manuscript evaluations, I have transcribed, edited, and compiled the final minutes of the Landmine Project Conference at JMU, have done translations for Merck, and NPR broadcasted one of my stories.
Why do I edit and translate? Because it keeps my little gray cells happy and well functioning when Iím not writing. Besides, I always learn so much from the material you send me. And learning is the best way to keep you young in both mind and heart.
What I will do:
I will go over your work as if with a fine-toothed comb to spot and mark everything that is amiss in terms of spelling, grammar, style, coherence, clarity.
Translations of Historic Documents:
Old German Handwriting into English
I translate historic, handwritten documents from German into English, such as letters from ancestors, old minutes of various meetings, birth and death certificates, historic journals and diaries, war documents. I have done so for the Plains District Museum in Timberville and for private individuals, whose forefathers brought such documents from Ďthe old country,í or recorded family histories and Bible inscriptions in German.
Most of these documents were handwritten in either Suetterlin, Kurrent, or Fraktur, and few can read such old scripts today.
If you are interested in my services,
please do the following:
Send me an e-mail with
∑ a brief description of your project, including length
∑ your name, a contact phone number, an e-mail address, a mailing address
∑ a time frame
Once I have the above, I can give you an estimate as to time and cost.
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My rates are:
Please note: A standard page, as per EFA guidelines, is counted as every 250 words.
$0.02 per word. I will mark--but will not physically correct--spelling, punctuation, grammatical errors, and unintentional errors, such as their vs. there, or itís vs. its.
$0.04 per word. I will physically correct grammatical errors, unnecessary wordiness, spelling and punctuation errors, and omit or re-write sentences and short passages if necessary.
Heavy Editing and Re-writing:
$40.00 per hour. In addition to Basic Editing above, I will improve the quality and flow of the material, including style and consistency. This may include re-writing and moving paragraphs to facilitate coherence. Depending on the amount of editing and re-writing required, I generally can do 2 to 5 pages in an hour for heavy editing.
$30.00 per hour. Depending on the nature of the manuscript--for instance, heavily technical vs., say, fictional prose--I can complete 5-10 pages in an hour.
For transcribing and translating documents written in Old German:
Brief texts, under 75 words: $23.00
Longer texts: $15.00 to $21.00 per 75 words, depending on the quality of the handwriting and the condition of the document.
From scratch: anywhere from $40.00 to $80.00 per hour. Please contact me regarding your project.
Metnod of Payment:
Business and Universities:
What I will not do:
∑ Although I proofread and edit dissertations and theses, I do not format them. I do, however, have a friend who does, and I would be glad to refer you.
∑ I do not work with graphics, unless it is a small amount such as in a newsletter or an occasional graphic in a document. Once again, I can refer you.
∑ I do not accept pornographic or offensive material.