Pay for Proofread

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Platopus
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Pay for Proofread

Postby Platopus » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:13 pm

What is the general consensus on paying a service for a strictly grammatical proofread of my PS? I'm completely done with all editorial revisions, but just want the peace of mind to have it professionally proofed for grammatical errors I'm just not catching. It's fairly expensive, at anywhere from $60-$100, but I'd be okay with shelling out the cash even if they only catch a misplaced comma and a bad semi-colon.

Thoughts? Neurotically gunning at such an early stage in my legal career, I know. Also, if anyone has a recommendations for a particular service they used, I'm all ears.

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Re: Pay for Proofread

Postby pricon » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:29 am

$60-$100 is a bit much for two pp. I freelance copy edited (which is the industry term for the service you're seeking) in undergrad, and I charged $25/p., and I often, and I mean often, corrected objective errors in the previous work of less professional copy editors who charged more than I did. Thus, you must also be careful who you pick, not just what they charge. There are some in the market who can overlook a bad comma no matter what you pay them. I'm not plugging my services. I wouldn't have the time for this for two weeks anyway. But I'm saying be careful.

Of course, you could just study the rules of grammar and the arts of cohesion, cohesiveness, etc. yourself? It's really not rocket science. It's just being diligent. Are you lacking time?

I drafted a 40 pp. document of my copy editing method, and you're more than welcome to use it and ask me any questions. I can also read your doc. and give you some advice: whether you're really screwed and need to shell out big bucks or we could just quickly fix things for free. There is a mountain's difference between copy editing product from a skilled revisionist who just needs a second pair of eyes and copy editing product from an unskilled one who does not know what they do not know.

As a final note, professional revision is a skill that benefits you for a lifetime. I studied and learned it in about 100 hours. These skills will pay back tenfold, trust me!

ETA: oops, it was only 20 pp.: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Byp2m ... DlvbXFlekk.

A grammar nerd's grammar teacher: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar.
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Re: Pay for Proofread

Postby emkay625 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:31 am

Many qualified people will do this for free.

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Re: Pay for Proofread

Postby lsataddict242 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:43 am

I would just read up on the rules and do it myself. It seems a waste to pay $60-100 for a misplaced comma because I doubt that something like a misplaced comma will be the reason you are rejected. :)

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Re: Pay for Proofread

Postby diasybao » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:17 am

emkay625 wrote:Many qualified people will do this for free.

Really! Do you have some recommendations? :D

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Re: Pay for Proofread

Postby Platopus » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:50 pm

Thanks folks, doesn't seem to be worth the time or the cash. I've combed through the PS probably a half dozen times, and I'm reasonably certain that it's grammatically correct, so I'm probably just being neurotic.

Thanks for the input

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Re: Pay for Proofread

Postby emkay625 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:12 pm

diasybao wrote:
emkay625 wrote:Many qualified people will do this for free.

Really! Do you have some recommendations? :D


People here. Your high school English teacher. Me. Your university's writing center if you're still in school. Etc.




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