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 myself, 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.
"If you are looking for someone to proofread your manuscript, I would highly recommend Proof Corrections by Callie. I would send another manuscript in a heartbeat. Callie was so easy to work with, very efficient and responded well to inquiries and email. You always know where you stand with her. After she proofread my manuscript utilizing her tried and true methods, I was very confident about the readiness of the manuscript. The finished product looked great and very professional. As someone new to the writing world and a Christian, I really wanted a like-minded person to lay eyes on the manuscript since there was faith-based content in the book. Callie can be trusted and is a professional who is engaged and who cares."
"As a retired academic, I knew that the key to self-publishing would be finding an accurate proofreader with excellent communication skills. I looked into several dozen proofreading services. I initially chose Callie Walker because of her experience with Christian, spiritual, and self-help books. She turned out to be the perfect person for my writing project. Her thoroughness and attention to detail surpassed the proofreading done in academic publishing of books and journal articles. She was also clearly experienced at recognizing the different amounts of light editing authors require. As a bonus, she worked faster and charged less than did all of the other services I had considered! She even included a second reading in her price! The best thing about her service is that I knew I could trust her right from the start. I will use her proofreading on all of my future writing projects."
—A Retired Academic
"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
$40 up to 1,000 words
$.01 per word after the first 1,000
Novels/Memoirs/Self-Help/Nonfiction (5,000 words and up)
$.012 per word
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 sample proofread to see the condition of your manuscript and to show you what I can do for you.
Every project is unique.
Please contact me for a free quote specifically tailored to your needs.
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Between marketing, ARC outreach, newsletters, blogs and everything else, you might find yourself out of time for what you really want to do: write.
As a personal virtual assistant, I help you with the extraneous tasks so you can focus on what matters most to you: your creative process.
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Ines | Book Formatter
Ines helps self-published authors format their books for both print & eBook. She has a professional background & education in Publishing and her purpose is to ensure your manuscript will be formatted to represent your creative vision, while also matching specific publishing standards.
Working with a book formatter is for you if:
You need someone else to handle all the printer’s custom specifications.
You’re tired of stressing and having to figure out everything on your own.
You just want the interior of your book to look good without feeling like the process is a nightmare.
You’d rather outsource the formatting and spend that time + energy on marketing your book.
Feel free to ask me to put you in touch directly with Ines or visit her website for more info.