Proof Corrections by Callie
Your Christian proofreader
I specialize in novels, memoirs, self-help,
and any book that points to God.
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Hi. My name is Callie Walker.
I abhor misspelled words and bad grammar.
When "their" is used instead of "there" I want to get out my pink pen and start making corrections.
I am on a mission to help Christian authors create polished manuscripts. I believe that God laid this story on your heart. I want your readers to see your heart, not the errors.
With my background as a Christian woman, I am an ideal candidate to proofread your Christian-based manuscripts because I can catch certain errors a non-Christian person might overlook.
And, as a writer, I know the pain and fear of handing your "baby" over to someone else. Therefore, I always make corrections and offer notes with this in mind.
Whether you write overt Christian material or not, if your manuscript's content is clean, I can help you polish it up during the last stage of publishing.
Proofreading is more than just fixing commas.
And your content is more than just words on a page.
As a writer, I know how important it is for your manuscript to be free of those pesky errors that drive your readers away
(causing you to lose credibility).
Proofreading is the last step before publishing.
It checks spelling, grammar,
syntax, punctuation, and consistency.
I take care to preserve your words
(your voice) while polishing your manuscript.
While proofreading I can also do light copyediting.
If requested, when I come across a word, phrase, or theme
that needs tweaking, I'll leave you a comment.
Then you can think about my take on your words
and change them to fit your style and voice.
I’m ever so slowly writing a non-fiction book that includes a lot of scientific terms and descriptions. Callie isn’t phased by that: she finds my misspellings (even some misspelled Latin words), as well as punctuation and grammar errors. She gives me spot-on advice regarding readability, when to rewrite or where to move text for coherency, and when to flesh out a topic a little bit more. (She doesn’t let me get away with anything!) She also checks out links to make sure they’re working. And she does all this quickly. I send chapters to her as I finish them and her turnaround time is awesome.
As a published author I have used different editors to assist me with my projects. Some understood the technical aspects of their job but did not understand my outcome or my audience. I actually had one editor who was very condescending. So, when I asked Callie to help me I was very cautious. But wow! I was blown away by not only her technical skills but she asked a lot of questions and intuitively knew what I was trying to accomplish. She is now my #1 editor. I will use her for all of my projects from now on.
—David "Doc" Adams
I’m a first time author, and Callie saved my manuscript. Before hiring Callie, I had paid an editor to correct my manuscript which included proofreading and copyediting. However, there were still errors in my manuscript once I got it back. I didn’t want to pay for more editing, but I bit the bullet and hired Callie after finding her on Instagram and reading her Facebook reviews. First of all, she offers to proofread and copyedit a small portion of your manuscript so that you can get an idea of her editing style. This also helps so that you’re not blindly hiring her. Not only did I like her editing style, I also liked how she left comments and asked questions so that I could clarify points in my manuscript. And she’s also kind and sweet. I haven’t met her in person, but I was able to sense that she’s a good person who cares about her work. She also delivered on her promises. She corrected my manuscript and sent it back to me, and then she did a second read through. I’m actually excited now to share my error-free book with the world! My only contention is that I didn’t hire Callie from the beginning. I’ll definitely work with Callie again, and I encourage you to work with her as well! Thanks Callie.
Callie has been proofreading manuscripts both before and after I format them for my clients, as well as performing quality control steps that are part of my process. She is efficient, professional, and has a great eye for detail! I hope to be able to keep working with her on future projects. Highly recommend having her on your publishing team!
Callie Walker edited my book Keep Smiling, which is a story about my experiences in Vietnam. She did a fabulous job on many of the traditional editing tasks. But what really astonished me was that she would catch Vietnamese names that I had used at the beginning of the book and noted that I had different diacritics for that same name later in the book. It demonstrated a remarkably detailed eye for reviewing my work.
I highly recommend Callie for your editing work.
Short Stories or any other short project under 5,000 words:
$20 up to 1,000 words
$.01 per word after the first 1,000
Novels/Memoirs/Self-Help/Nonfiction (5,000 words and up):
$2.50 per page (250 words = 1 page)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I see the changes you make?
I typically prefer to work in Word using Track Changes. This handy tool allows me to make the needed corrections. And it shows you every single change I make.
So, when you open the document, you will see each and every correction, and you get to either ✔️accept it or ❌ delete it. I can leave you notes along the way as well.
I can work in other formats—just let me know.
Do you change my words or voice?
You've spent ages tweaking and rewording each sentence, paragraph, and chapter. Now you're handing your precious "baby" over to someone you may not even know that well.
I understand your fears. I've handed my work over countless times, sometimes to people I didn't really care for (thank you, college writing classes) so I know what you're going through.
When I proofread, I fix misspellings, incorrect grammar and punctuation, inconsistencies, and any other industry error I come across.
Sometimes that means changing a word, but only if it is incorrect: if you previously called someone the "president" but later refer to them as the "mayor," or if you switch tenses halfway through.
As for voice, no, I don't change anything that would affect your voice. Mostly because I am not you, I can't replicate your voice, so I don't even try.
When longer changes are needed, I simply write you a note with my concerns or thoughts about the word choice, sentence structure, or paragraph overall. That way you can fix it using your own voice. Sometimes I give sample sentences in my notes to give you guidance or to better explain what I am pointing out.
Why do I need a proofreader?
You write the first draft.
You, hopefully, let it rest for a while before going back to it.
Finally, after a few months or more, you take it out and read it, making notes/edits along the way.
You make the changes.
You read it again, making more changes.
If you're anything like me, you'll go through this process several times before even thinking about showing it to another human being.
And what happens through all of those read throughs?
Your brain reads what SHOULD be written not what IS written, especially when it comes to those small, pesky errors.
(If you've been working with an editor throughout the process, even they will read what should be there instead of what is there.)
Only a fresh pair of eyes can catch those mistakes.
That's what a proofreader is for: to read through your manuscript, searching for those errors you just can't see in your own writing.
But guess what . . . your readers will absolutely see them!
And errors can discredit you. 😳
That's why you need a proofreader.
Do you edit as well?
Let's talk about editing.
There are different types of editors.
1) A Developmental Editor (sometimes called a Structural Editor) is someone who looks at the “big picture” of your story.
2) A Line Editor (sometimes called a Stylistic Editor) focuses on the way you use language to communicate your story to the reader.
3) A Copy Editor is someone who focuses on word choice, grammar, and punctuation.
And then the proofreader makes the final checks before a manuscript is published.
So, do I edit?
Yes, I can copyedit as I proofread, when requested.
However, if you are looking for an editor, you're probably not ready for me yet.
If you are unsure, I offer a free 1,000 word proofread (on book-length projects) to see the condition of your manuscript and to show you what I can do for you.
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