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PostSubject: I am a freelance proofreader looking to work free of charge   November 18th 2008, 1:42 am

Greetings fellow writers,
I am in the process of expanding my resume and would like to add fiction to my experience. I will proofread a chapter of anything you are currently writing at no charge. Materials should be no shorter than ten pages and no longer than thirty pages. I will return pages to you with corrections within 48 hours. I can indicate corrections either on Microsoft Word using the "Track Changes" feature or on a hard copy. In exchange, I ask that you allow me to add your name and the title of your work to my resume. I will not plagiarize your work or share it with anyone else.
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PostSubject: Re: I am a freelance proofreader looking to work free of charge   November 18th 2008, 8:24 am

Two things.

One, you should give a word count minimum and maximum. I mean a person could easily reformat their pages and fonts to fit a whole 70,000+ word novel onto thirty Microsoft Word pages if they really wanted to.

Second, would you consider proofing a short story instead of a chapter? I just think that would be more practical and beneficial to both the writers and yourself. I mean, sure it would be a learning experience to have you proof one chapter of my book, but I'd have to turn right around and get someone else to proof and/or edit the rest. Plus, unless you're going to indicated exactly which chapters/pages you proofed, you wouldn't want to put something on resume that ends up getting posted/published somewhere and is poorly proofed everywhere else.
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PostSubject: Re: I am a freelance proofreader looking to work free of charge   November 20th 2008, 2:31 am

I have to agree with Hydra. If something that you've worked on gets published and you've only worked on one or two chapters of a piece of say 30 chapters, those two aren't going to make much of a difference to readers or anyone else involved if the other 28 or so are crap.

I see you're expanding your resume, can you tell us a little about your work and who, if anyone you've worked with in the past?

By the way, I'd like to welcome you to Scribbles and we too are glad to have you aboard.

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