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Downey Proofreaders

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Maverick Consulting
4.5
from 78 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Rotimi A.
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Lisa-Beth proof-read a script for me. She is an amazing proofreader who went beyond the call of duty and got my script back to me a week earlier than expected. Thanks Lisa-Beth! You are awesome!

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The Page Mage
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alan S.
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Chris O’Toole took on the Sisyphean task of: 1) proofreading; 2) providing a general critique: and 3) giving insight on whether and how to move forward on my draft play and associated essay. Mr. O’Toole use the yellow highlighter feature in Word to show his proofreading suggestions. I am still finding grammatical and word choice errors. This may well be because—due to my limited eye-sight— I didn’t see all his yellow highlights in making my corrections. He provided a general, dip-lomatic, thoughtful critique of the play’s subject matter; use of metaphors, poetry, and language; and connection with a reader or an audience. In making and evaluating my decision to hire an editor in general and Mr. O’Toole specifically, I looked at five factors: 1) experience and expertise; 2) cost; 3) turn-around time; 4) interactions; and 5) quality of work. Regarding the first, while I do not know Mr. Toole’s experience with plays, his website clearly indicates significant experience in editing other forms of professional writing. I believe the quality of editors’ websites and offers of services is a good indicator of their knowledge of and skill in teaching clients like me how to connect with their readers and audiences. Regarding cost, other editors I consulted charged on an hourly or a per page basis while Mr. Toole, in this first editing interaction, offered a very reasonable flat fee. There are pluses and minuses with each ap-proach. A flat fee was best for me for the initial editing of a draft play. The third factor is crucial for most authors working on deadlines. Mr. O’Toole sent me his edits and critique within two weeks. A second editor I contacted told me she could not get to my draft until January. Fourth, ed-iting is a collaborative enterprise: an editor needs to know the writer’s audience, intent, focus, and voice to help that author create his or her best work. Mr. O’Toole gave me feedback and questions on the writing sample I originally sent him. He sent me a follow-up email—with a targeted ques-tion--while editing my manuscript. Overall, I am happy with the initial editing efforts Mr. O’Toole gave me: professional; cost-effective; timely; and interactive. I am still rolling around the four page, shiny, rock critique he also gave me: gold or dross; foundational, aspirational, or weighing down: moving the draft higher or back into an inky sea? Whatever it ultimately is, he initiated a thought provoking internal and external conversation for/with a novice playwright just as my response here illustrates the meta-phorical challenges Mr. O’Toole confronted in critiquing and advising me on my writing.

  • 9 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel B.
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Stephanie did an excellent job proofreading my script. Her understanding of grammar and syntax is impressive, and she has the eyes of a first-rate editor.

  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel N.
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Mauri has been very effective in proofreading and editing my academic paper. So far Mauri has done a great job and her professional contribution to my work is excellent. I do hope I will be able to accomplish my project.

The Write Girl
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
DaLaura P.
Verified review

Great job! She proofread a script and found every mistake. She even added a couple of suggestions to spice up the script. I willdefinitely use her again.

Jaz Persing
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas S.
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Great to work with, she helped me with all of my book. Her proofreading is beyond any professional I have ever seen.

Paul R.
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Heather has been fantastic and insightful - I'm so very happy I've hired Heather.

Proof for Success
5.0
from 1 review
    Jackie Z.
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    Shaula is a professional and highly competent editor. I send everything I write to her, be it chapters of my novel, posts to my blog and even sometimes verbose emails. Her attention to detail is astounding and she not only proofreads exceptionally well, she also focuses on content and readability. She poses questions and comments on the things that work and the things that don't. Having a vast knowledge of literature and books, this makes her an excellent source to also bounce ideas of of, if one is worried about flow or plot problems. She can think it through and give her feedback. Shaula is more than just a proofreader, she's an editor. And she's the best one I've ever used!

    About

    After working as an editor for a transcription company for a couple of years, I've built up my skills in proofreading and editing while working with audio. Now, I'm looking to expand and work with other types of content, both tied to audio and not. To that end, I'm currently getting used to working with the Chicago Manual of Style.

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    I am freelance proof-reader, copyeditor, and webcontent writer. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Berkeley in Political Science. I have been writing and blogging for since 2004.

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    I have varied work experience involving the skills of writing. I have proofreading for newspaper and advertising.

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    Editing, proofreading, resume help, essay writing, articles, etc. Translation services for Mandarin Chinese to English or vice versa.

    • 25 years in business
    About

    I have received numerous awards and recognitions for the newsletters I designed by the Far West Ski Association.

    • 14 years in business
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    I have a B.A. in Journalism and a Minor in Speech. I can help you with creative writing, copywriting, proofreading. If English is your second language and you are in school, I can help you with your writing assignments, and with better pronounciation of the English language.

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    Over 15 years of experience in translation, essay writing and proofreading vouch for my life-long passion for this field and have earned me extensive knowledge and outstanding skills. Even so, professional translations take more than knowledge and skills; it’s a process of cultivating techniques and refining abilities to find culturally linguistic equivalence in the target language. My translations begin with the understanding that any material needs to be localized in order to successfully convey a message; current language use is taken into account, while keeping syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic integrity in the target language. My proofreading strategies are based on systematic layered-proofing techniques. My fields of interest have been general market, media and advertising, but my experience is extensive and all-inclusive.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    I am a student of literature and am passionate about what I do. Reading and writing for me are my life, not just a business.

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    I am a college student (majoring in English) and spend the majority of my free time writing and reading. Yes, I am the person that my friends ask to look over their resume. Yes, I am the person who can tell you where the spelling errors are in quite a few famous books. No, I am not a total stickler for "the rules" all of the time, and understand that style is just as important as what you are actually trying to say. I have both a Mac and a PC so I can view pretty much any type of document. If you have a hardcopy of your draft, even better! Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I look forward to working with you.

    About

    So many articles, blogs, Web pages and websites have typo errors, improper grammar etc... Even when there is Spell Check, go figure! This is where I come in. These typo errors just jump out me, saying fix me!

    About

    Besides my own freelance writing, I do freelance editing, proofreading, indexing (creating indexes for books), and researching. Please check out my web site for examples of my work, prices, etc.

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    I do editing, proofreading and resume writing. I work independently with clients who are looking for writing service skills. I help prepare and documents in a cohesive, structured format.

    • 6 years in business
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    I perform editing, writing, revising, and proofreading services at a competitive rate. I am able to take mundane prose and turn it into engaging content that will help bring in customers, create lasting memories, and evoke empathy.

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