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I’m currently accepting proofreading and editing clients for early 2020, and am always accepting sensitivity/alpha/beta reads.

 

I would love to work together on your next project. Get in touch today so we can discuss next steps. You can use the form below or email me at alex@proofbyalex.com.

One of the drawbacks of living in Hawaii is being nearly a whole business day behind the East Coast, so please allow 24 hours for me to get back to you. 

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All services can be done via:

Microsoft Word with Change Tracker

Google Docs with Suggest Edits

PDF annotations

 

All proofreading and copyediting services are done according to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

If you're not sure what service you need the Editorial Freelancers Association has a broad overview of types of editing here, and NY Book Editors explains line editing vs. copyediting here and copyediting vs. proofreading here.

Confidentiality: I treat all content provided to me with total confidentiality. I never share any part of any project anywhere. I know it's not my material, and I know I'm not the person to make the decision put it out into the world. Your work is safe with me. 

Contracts: Legally binding contracts (supplied by me) are required for sensitivity reading, proofreading, and copyediting. This is to protect both my client and myself.

Payment: I accept payments via PayPal, Apple Pay ®, and Google Pay. Generally, I require half of agreed upon payment upfront, then the second half upon delivery. Editing pricing plans differ. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Note: 5% PayPal fees are added to order total. 

Beta Reading

 

$1.50 per 1,000 words

I understand you've been putting your heart and soul into your project. I believe in critiquing with honesty and kindness. I believe every writer needs constructive feedback to grow.

I will provide inline commentary as I read your project acting as a casual reader.

 

This service is recommended for projects that have gone through editing and rewrites. If you’re about to publish, this is the service to receive a professional’s opinion on your work. 

 
 

Alpha Reading

 

$4 per 1,000 words

Sometimes a story needs a second set of eyes to find its way.

 

With alpha reading, I am there to help make sure your plot stays on track; your themes are evident; all characters are well-developed and their motives are clear; and that your overall story moves along without confusion or tedium.

It’s beta reading on steroids. While beta reading provides feedback and commentary, alpha reading assists in the ideas and construction of your story and the text—as a work in progress or between rewrites. 

 

I will provide inline commentary as I read your project as a critical reader and writer. 

Let's work together to make your story the best it can be.

Sensitivity Reading

 

$300 flat rate

Sensitivity reads are beta reads targeted specifically for diversity in literature. They are recommended for drafts that have not had any editing yet.

 

Through an analysis of character, plot, dialogue, and gaze, I ensure that you have provided authentic representation of cultures, mental health, LGBTQIA issues, and more. I will base my read on the following style guides: Conscious Style GuideDiversity Style GuideGLAAD Media Reference Guide, and more.


Authors have had their books pulled from shelves or their book deals terminated due to cultural insensitivity. So if you're worried about misrepresentation in your book, this is the service for you.

 

Proofreading

 

$12 per 1,000 words

Don't let small mistakes undercut your message. You've written and edited and read your work time and time again. It gets hard to see the little details when focusing on the whole.

I will carefully and accurately go over your content for grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation mistakes. I will also make notes if there is a lack of clarity in any part of your document. 

Let me focus on those details. Let me make sure your project is polished and perfect.

 

Copyediting

 

$24* per 1,000 words

*for basic copyediting. If heavy copyediting is desired, price will increase.

I will thoroughly check and correct mistakes with continuity, in-world facts, consistency with actions, echo words and clichés, timeline, and lack of clarity. I will make sure your story and style stay intact.

I will also do a basic check for grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation mistakes.

You're almost done with your manuscript. Let's do one final round together.