Before I tell you what I do, let me tell you what I don’t do. I don’t look to rewrite your work and take away what makes your words unique. I am not going to tell you that you are a bad writer. I don’t judge you for any mistakes in your writing. The services I offer are only meant to enhance your work, not alter it, destroy it, or make it fit into some neat little box of archaic rules. As a content producer, your focus is on the big picture, getting the words out in whatever medium you have chosen. Focusing on the tiny details of periods, apostrophes, and grammar checks isn’t what being a writer is about. So let me do those things for you while you focus on doing what you love!
Here’s a short description of the services I offer.
Proofreading: this is the final step before you submit your work for publishing, whether that’s a book, blog post, or website. This step checks for any misspellings, punctuation mistakes, grammar mistakes, and other surface issues. It’s that final polish before your work is sent out into the world.
Line Editing: this step deals with specific issues at the sentence and paragraph level. Some things that will be checked in this step include poor word use, repetitive/redundant language, incoherent/ambiguous content, unsuitable tone, and bad reader flow. Preserving the writer’s voice is still a high priority in this step. Line editing is often called stylistic editing since this process focuses on elevating and preserving the writer’s style.
Transcribing: this is to provide a written copy of something. It can be writing out dictation, rewriting already written documents, or writing out what is spoken in videos, audios, podcasts, etc. It makes audible content search engine friendly, readable, and quotable.
Which of these is right for you?
I do a combination of all three services described above. My primary focus is on proofreading and transcribing, though I will mix some light copyediting into all my proofreading projects. That means I’ll usually flag inconsistencies I spot, visual elements that need adjusting, readability issues, and other things like that.
Typically, when reaching out to me, you’d either hire me to proofread (which comes with light editing), line edit, or transcribe a video, podcast episode, or other audio file.
(Note: I don’t do editing exclusively at this point. For instance, I’m not the person to take a look at your manuscript and edit and develop your core content.)
I can proofread blog posts, websites, marketing materials, books, short stories, social media posts, and pretty much anything else. I’ll look for things like extra spaces, missing spaces, missing punctuation, misspellings, capitalization, and a host of other details. And if you have a specific style you want me to stick to, I can definitely do that!
If you request line editing, I’ll take a slightly deeper look at your work. Here I am looking at the structure of your sentences and paragraphs. Rather than just checking for surface errors like grammar and punctuation, I’ll also look at the flow, clarity, consistency, and readability of your text. Is it easy to read or are there some spots that need tweaking? Are your content and voice consistent? Are there any errors in well-known facts?
For transcribing, I’ll provide a written transcript of everything said in your podcast episode, video, or other recording. (This is not providing captions!) You can post this on your website, blog, or anywhere else for your listeners to either read along, find a specific section, or share quotes of what you said. Having a written transcript also makes your content accessible and searchable! This will make your content easier to find and make it available to a wider audience. With a transcript I will take out stutters, filler words like uh, um, like, and you know, and false starts, leaving you with a clean transcript that is easy to read. Each speaker will also be clearly marked. And if you should desire it, I can also do verbatim transcripts where every word and syllable makes it onto the page.
If you’re ready to get started, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to get in touch with me. You’ve taken the time to write your content, now let’s take a little more to really make it shine!