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Old 02-25-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a reasonable proofreading service?

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Old 02-25-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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I think comicbent does this.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:20 AM   #3
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GI: I would be careful not to hire someone who will wring the life out of your writing by "correcting" your style.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the shout-out from Richmond Weems.

I used to do proofreading and editing, but I have basically quit, except for a couple of old clients. Maybe I have just one left, now, with whom I continue to work (on his novel) because he has literally begged me and has pointed out that he will end up having to pay someone, so (he argues) why not me? I do it as a favor for him, not as a business venture. Believe me, what I charge is so low that it hardly counts at all, especially in view of the notes and explanations that I generally provide.

A few comments, based on experience.

Every person who wants proofreading will need far more than that. Pure proofreading would be just to check for spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

However, the line between proofing and editing is a blurry one. What does the "proofreader" do when he finds a word used in the wrong sense, or incorrect grammar, or extremely awkward style? It is hard to draw a line between proofing and editing, because if an editor just proofreads, he will leave things untouched that really need fixing.

What people almost always mean when they ask for proofreading is that they want some help with grammar and style. Many people recognize that they need help. Most of the people that I have helped through the years (usually for free) have been very appreciative. A number of them have written nice emails to me to thank me for helping them to be better writers. Most of the time they said nothing but still asked for help on subsequent occasions.

If the original poster is, presumably, looking for "a set of eyes" for a script, I would recommend Bart, here on Done Deal Pro (and possibly a couple of others here on the board). I just happen to be more familiar with Bart's work. I have seen a couple of examples of it. He points out glaring errors that people are talking about under the subject of proofreading. The original poster might also want to check out Amanda and Andrew, who also have excellent reputations here.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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I would like to recommend Amanda, ScriptGal, as she actually offers screenplay proofreading as one of her services.

I've used Amanda for coverage, and Andrew, the Screenplay Mechanic, too and I think they are both fabulous (and I've heard great things about Bart) but to my knowledge, Amanda is the only one who does specifically tackles proofreading. In my experience, you can't go wrong with her, whatever service you need.

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Here's what she says on her website:

While ScriptGal points out obvious errors, in coverage development notes she is more on your story than your spelling. For basic proofreading services, ScriptGal prints out your script, marks it up by hand correcting spelling, grammar and formatting errors, then scans it and sends it back.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:56 PM   #6
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Seconded about Scriptgal. She recently gave me terrific proofreading AND notes for a great price.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:38 PM   #7
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Here's what she says on her website:

While ScriptGal points out obvious errors, in coverage development notes she is more on your story than your spelling. For basic proofreading services, ScriptGal prints out your script, marks it up by hand correcting spelling, grammar and formatting errors, then scans it and sends it back.
Ick - if that's what it says on my site, I need to do some proofing of my own. Always easier to proof SOMEONE ELSE's work.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:11 PM   #8
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Yeah, I thought "proofreading" as in...proofreading. But if it's a reader, I'd also recommend Andrew or Amanda (Screenplay Mechanic and ScriptGal respectively).
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:10 PM   #9
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Ick - if that's what it says on my site, I need to do some proofing of my own. Always easier to proof SOMEONE ELSE's work.

I think it's the result of my substandard cut and paste job, not you. Sorry about that!

I'M the one who needs a proofreader
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:07 PM   #10
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"Bart" would be ExtHollywoodDay to clarify.

Be careful going to him if all you think you need fixed are typos. I've yet to give him a script and not get great story tweak suggestions.


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