✓ Do you write blog posts around the subjects of Egyptology, archaeology or history?
✓ When you write, do you rely too much on automatic spellcheckers?
✓ Are you too busy to proof your writing and formatting?
✓ Do you ever wish you had a second, expert eye to check your blog post before clicking that Publish button?
✓ Is English a second language and you’re unconfident with your English skills?
If so, you could probably do with my help.
I’m an Egyptologist and proofreader with an overwhelming urge to correct every misused apostrophe or double space I see. Having me proofread your writing means you can lay to rest worries about spotting those annoying errors just after you’ve published and shared your blog post.
I also understand how writing for the internet differs from writing for essays or printed articles and books. Use of writing style, images, sub-headings, and paragraph and sentence length all come into play to optimise the readability and searchability of your blog posts.
So, choose the proofreading with readability option, and I’ll help you with the overall structure of your post.
My system is simple: buy your proofreading here, then send me your document. Purchases are good for three months, so you can organise your proofreading before your schedule gets too busy. When you buy, you can let me know on the checkout page when your deadlines are. I’ll then contact you to schedule you in.
If you want to be mega organised, you can buy your proofreading for several blog posts at once; use the quantity box above to buy the amount you need. I’m happy to waive the three-month expiry if let me know your time-frames when you purchase.
Please make sure that you read all the FAQs below before buying.
Any more questions? I’m happy to chat. Email me at email@example.com.
If you’re going to need work on an regular, ongoing monthly or weekly basis, I can work on a retainer. Please email me if this is the case, and we’ll have a chat.
1. Buy your proofreading
Choose your blog length from the drop-down menu above. You can buy multiple types and quantities in one go.
2. Email me your blog post
Once you’ve emailed your work, you’ll have it back within the specified time frame (see How long does it take below).
3. I proofread and mark-up you document
Proofreading checks for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar. I’ll use the track changes or comments function to mark up errors and suggestions. If you want to send a paper copy, I’ll use the traditional proofing mark system.
I’ll return your document, and it’s then up to you to decide which of my suggestions to incorporate.
Purchases are good for three months unless we arrange otherwise. If you don’t use your proofreading within three months without prior agreement, you’ll forfeit the work and the chance for a refund.
If you’re not going to need your proofreading done straight away, let me know your schedule in the ‘Order notes’ section of the checkout page. If you don’t leave any order notes and you don’t send your writing within 24 hours of buying, I’ll contact you to discuss what you need.
Send me your writing in one of the following formats:
- email a Word file and I’ll use the track changes function to mark up suggested amendments
- share a Google Docs file with me and I’ll use the suggesting function to mark up suggested amendments
- email a PDF and I’ll use the comments function to mark up suggested amendments
- post a paper copy to me (I’ll provide a mailing address as needed). I’ll mark it up and return it. Large documents may include a surcharge to cover my return postage costs
If you use Pages on a Mac, save your document out as a Word file or PDF before sending it over.
I have a 10 MB limit on sending and receiving files via email. If you’re sending files larger than this, use Google Docs, Dropbox or a file transfer service, such as WeTransfer.
Once you send your writing, the turnaround times for a single blog post are:
- 1–2 working days for basic proofreading, depending on the length of the post
- 3–5 working days for proofreading that includes readability checks, depending on the length of the post
If you buy your proofreading in advance, I can schedule you into my calendar. We can agree time-frames when you buy.
If you have an urgent job, please email me first to check my availability. Please don’t just buy your proofreading and tell me you need it back by the end of the day. You may well be disappointed. However, if you email me first and I have the time, I’m happy to help out.
People consume writing on the internet differently than from a paper page. We tend to scan a post quickly to see if we want to invest time in reading it, and our eyes can tire more quickly using screens. Paragraph and sentence length need to be shorter, and you need sub-headings throughout.
A readability check will look for:
- the general readability of your writing
- paragraph and sentence length
- suitable use of sub-headings
If you send me the images you’ll using in your post, I’ll check to make sure they’re optimised for web use as well.
Blog posts of over 3,000 words are a little more unusual, but I’m happy to proofread them. Please email me if you have a long blog post you need help with.
If any of my suggestions are unclear, please ask me; I’m happy to explain what I’ve done. And remember: final say lies with you. My amendments are suggestions and you decide which of them you wish to use.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.