Proof Corrections by Callie

Your Christian proofreader
specialize in novels, memoirs, self-help,
and any book that points to God.
 
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About Me

  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.

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Proofreading

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. 

 

Testimonials

  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. 

-Tara Allison

  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

  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!

-Ines Monnet

Rates

  • Short Stories or any other short project under 5,000 words:

    • $20 up to 1,000 words 

    • $.02 per word after the first 1,000

  • Novels/Memoirs/Self-Help/Nonfiction (5,000 words and up):

    • $2 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.

  Eeek!

  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. 

 

 

Author Resources and Books 

 
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Writing Bytes

Ariel

  Writing Bytes is a creative content strategist and creator who loves working on things such as:

  • Social media captions

  • Blogs

  • Email newsletters

  • Webpage content like homepages, your about section, service pages & more

  • Marketing pieces

  • Event materials

 

  Outsourcing your content “to-do” list lets you do more of the things YOU love, like having lunch with your family, or catching up on the recent Game of Thrones episode.

  If you'd like to chat about a project and get an estimate, email writingxbytes@gmail.com.

The Girl Who Chased the Wind

Virginia Hotchkiss

  Elite warriors of the Techno-Magi division, Aezabeth and her warhorse, Franc, were created for total domination on the battlefield. A fusion of innate magical ability and forced experimentation, they were joined so closely that even their thoughts could not be hidden from one another. 
 

  After a spiteful act of betrayal, they were robbed of mission, rank, brothers-in-arms, and the very country that turned them into war machines. Their life's purpose, stripped overnight.
 

  Trained to believe that fulfillment could only be found in battle, now, with nothing but each other, they must decide how to move forward: leave it all behind, or seek revenge for what was done to them.

  Click the photo above to download the ebook.

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Ines |  Book Formatter

Ines 

  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.

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