Availability September – December 2016 (Revised September 23rd)

Hello everyone!

Thank you to those who sent me work this September. It is reassuring to know my blog posts on availability are useful to my customers and to those thinking of using the service. Here is as updated version of my availability for the rest of the year:

October: Fully Booked.

November: Fully Booked.

From around the 13th of December until the end of the year and into January, I will have plenty of availability, though of course I will have a couple of days off to enjoy the festivities of Christmas! December (and January) can be a busy time for proofreading as many customers are trying to submit work before the end of the year or have it corrected before the start of a new semester, so I would advise contacting me sooner to avoid any disappointment.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email: sarah@proof-ed.com

It’s always best to contact me as far in advance as possible to secure the date that you need for your own deadlines, but please take into consideration that you will also need time to implement the changes I have suggested, and to go through the corrections carefully. It’s also worth pointing out that if you have edited your work to the best of your ability, this helps me to read faster than I would be able to if no editing has been carried out.

Finally, please keep checking the website (or Facebook page) for updates on my availability. I will post if a slot becomes available due to a cancellation or completion of worker sooner than anticipated.

Thank you for reading!

Sarah @ Proof-Ed.

 

July is fully booked! Thank you for your custom.

Hi everyone!

Just a short blog post to say that I am fully booked up for July 2015 but am able to take on work for August.

I would like to thank you all for your custom, especially those who have shared my posts, given testimonials for my website and those who have given great reviews of Proof-Ed’s service to friends and colleagues via word of mouth. It seems this has been the most successful way of promoting my relatively new business and I am very grateful to those of you who have recommended me, or who have returned to use Proof-Ed for second, or even third times.

I expect that the summer months will be quieter once July is over (most work is from students looking to submit work to journals before the end of the academic year), so do get in touch if you have anything that you would like me to take a look at over the holidays. I am always pleased to hear from you!

With best wishes, and hoping you have a great summer,

Sarah@Proof-Ed.

PayPal is now set up!

A quick post to let those of you who use PayPal know that Proof-Ed now has a PayPal business account. Hopefully this will help those customers overseas who have been stung with bank transfer charges in the past. I am informed that you do not need to have a PayPal account in order to transfer money to me via PayPal – hopefully that comes from a reliable source of information!

A special thanks to Brendon Neilson who was my ‘guinea pig’ as I set this up, and who was very patient while I worked out a few issues!

Thank you for your custom,

Sarah

An update on Proof-Ed’s services

Hello to all of my readers, and wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2015.

I have been very busy over the last couple of months with work received from students and professionals in Canada and Sweden, as well as working for Equinox Publishing in Sheffield… and moving house. Unfortunately I experienced a painful trapped nerve which stopped me working for a couple of weeks in November (hence my silence during that time!). I have just about caught up with all of the work I had put to one side (the downside of independent freelancing is having no-one to cover me!) and am making a good recovery…plenty of regular tea breaks away from the computer are helping!

I am currently hard at work on writing some guidelines to explain exactly what proofreading is (and is not) to help potential customers decide whether or not the service I offer will be of use. I am also working on a webpage which will show clearly a list of all the services I offer. I have extended my services to include indexing and CV editing (the latter to be announced soon), both of which are offered at set competitive rates. Finally, I am in the process of setting up a PayPal account so those of you who live overseas will have the option of transferring payments without being stung with crazy bank charges.

For new year I am changing my hourly rates slightly to accommodate a need to differentiate between ‘proofreading’ and ‘proofreading with basic editing’. It has become clear that much of the work I receive requires a little more work than a straightforward proofreading offers, and I think it is fair that my prices reflect the extra work I have to take on. My rates are still very competitive and will always include an option of student discount for those registered at university (anywhere in the world).

I am still weighing up the pros and cons of offering set rates for PhD theses and dissertations, and this has taken up a lot of energy in the last few weeks as I have been attempting to establish reasonable and fair rates whilst taking into consideration differing word lengths and quality of writing style and language skill. I am always taking into account that most students are unwaged, but I also have to consider the length of time it can take for me to read an entire thesis and correct it to a high standard. For anyone wishing to have their thesis proofread, I am currently asking for a sample chapter and an overall page count so that I can establish as accurate an estimation as possible.

So, please keep an eye on the website for future announcements and updates to current pages. I think 2015 is going to be a busy year!

Finally, I would like to thank all of my customers, particularly those who have kindly recommended Proof-Ed to colleagues and friends, and all of those who have shared my posts on Facebook and Twitter. I would also like to thank anyone who has visited my website. At the end of the year, WordPress curiously informed me that if all of my visitors (from August through to December) were put into a 6-seater San Franciscan cable car, it would take 22 trips for them all to have a ride. Always good to know.

With all of my best wishes,

Sarah@Proof-Ed

A Huge Thank You!

I just wanted to write a quick blog post to thank all of those people who have been viewing my website from all over the world. I have been so humbled to see my viewing statistics showing visits from Australia, Denmark, the Philippines, Israel, Canada , Bulgaria and Nigeria (just to mention a few!). My next challenge is to get a view in Antarctica since this is the only continent where I am yet to receive a visit from…

If any of you happen to be visiting Antarctica in the near future, you know whose website to visit…

If those reading this post have a Facebook account, please visit Proof-Ed’s page and give me a ‘like’. I post regular updates on my work, as well as links to my customers’ published articles (and so on). I look forward to your visit! https://www.facebook.com/SarahProofEd

I am also very intrigued to see how you have heard about Proof-Ed and would love to hear from you!

Best wishes,

Sarah

An update from the last month

I thought I would write a short update to let any interested parties (or people who are at work and procrastinating in any way they can find!) know what I have been up to regarding Proof-Ed over the last few weeks.

September saw me receive a very exciting delivery in the form of a previous customer’s published thesis all the way from Sweden. It is the first book that I have received from a customer who has used Proof-Ed’s services, and it was a little proud moment for me. The book is a lovely hardback copy which has been signed just for me. My congratulations are sent to Magnus Evertsson! Just to clarify though, I only proofread the English section…not the Swedish text! Sadly that is far beyond my capability!

I have also been choosing some business cards to help me promote Proof-Ed a little more and these are going to be ordered over the weekend. As expected, the excitement caused by the launch of my website (if that is not too grand a description) has now died down but I am pleased to say that I am still getting a few hits each day and I’ve had a few enquiries too. Nevertheless, I am hoping to advertise my services a little more and hopefully get a few more jobs over the coming months. If you would like any of the business cards I am going to order, do let me know! My website has almost had 1000 views since I started it and I am pretty pleased with that.

I am looking forward to receiving some work from PhD students at the University of Lund this month. I have had a little flurry of interest from Scandinavia which is fantastic! I am also planning to start an indexing service which I will be kicking off this month for a Canadian customer (and friend!) and, having heard her present last month, I am already excited about reading a PhD thesis for a student in Sheffield in the new year.

Thanks for all of the support, the new ‘likes’ on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SarahProofEd) and the encouragement I have received from you all! It is much appreciated.

With best wishes,

Sarah

Proof-Ed is feeling official – at last!

After ten working days of Proof-Ed being in the ‘public’ eye (well, shared on Facebook and on a few friends’ blogs!), I just wanted to write a quick post to thank everyone for the well-wishes, the ‘likes’, the link shares and the kind reviews that I have been receiving. For those of you who are reading this but have not visited the Proof-Ed Facebook page, please do so (https://www.facebook.com/SarahProofEd), and give me a ‘Like’. You’ll be able to see any updates I post and I will be very pleased to see who has been taking a look at the website – even if they are just showing polite interest!

For those of you who have asked, Proof-Ed seems to have had a good flutter of interest since the website launched last week, and I am feeling confident that this will be a successful business-venture for me. 

With huge thanks and best wishes to all,

Sarah @ Proof-Ed.