Proofread an 40,000 word document against original scans

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We are digitising significant Australian works of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry that have gone out of print (under agreements with the copyright-holders, of course).

This is a collection of short stories totalling about 40,000 words. It has been processed with Optical Character Recognition and exported as a Word file, spell-checked and with common errors addressed, but will need to be checked against original scans for typographical and formatting errors, and any corrections will need to be marked up.

No rewriting or copy-editing is needed, just making sure the documents match the original — though obvious typos in the original should be marked up.

Excellent attention to detail and familiarity with spelling/grammar/punctuation conventions will be very helpful. We are looking for bids of $400 or under please, as that is the limit of project funding.

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Ligature P.
Joined Jan 2020
Submitted 15 Jun 2021 at 22:22
Expired 10 months ago
Bidding guide $250 - $750
Average bid $308.46

Cecile Shanahan Editing & Proofreading

I not only have extensive experience with proofreading documents and manuscripts, I thoroughly enjoy helping people to make their work as accurate and consistent as possible. My attention to detail is something I pride myself on and marking up copy for typos and inconsistencies is one of my many honed skills. My rates are based on IPEd recommendations for experienced editors/proofreaders. Testimonials from happy clients can be found at my website: I have extensive experience editing and proofreading short story anthologies; the fifth such book I've edited/proofed was released in May 2021.

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Cate Davies

I have experience in assessment, contract management and policy writing. This experience has enabled me to develop consistent attention to detail and accuracy.

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Jessica Nelson

Dear Lig,

Thanks for this update. I'd like to apply to proofread the short story collection as detailed above.

I'm a writer and editor based in NSW, Australia. I have a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing from the University of Canberra (2009), which included courses in editing and advanced editing.

I've worked with Andromeda Spaceways Magazine for a number of years. My role there involves proofreading each issue with care and attention to detail. I also conduct and edit author interviews, read submissions and provide book reviews. I currently work from home as a freelance writer and editor.

I'm a published author with award nominated short works. I'm familiar with the conventions of grammar, punctuation and spelling, and the importance of a well-polished manuscript.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

With best wishes,

Jessica N

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Diana Hodgetts

Hi Lig, I work in marketing and regularly proofread and cross-check digital and print documents to ensure that both the information and formatting is consistent and accurate. Let me know what you have for me!

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Brooke Oliver

Happy to help.

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As an experienced writer, editor and proofreader with an academic and criminology background, I was excited to find this project. I am well-equipped to check the digitised version with the original, include mark-ups, amend formatting where needed, correct obvious typos, and more. I have provided 7 days to complete the project. However, it may be completed ahead of time depending on my other freelance work. You are welcome tocontact me and visit my website - Hope to hear from you soon, Regards, Jade Reardon

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Heidi Ross

Hello, Ligature P. As mentioned in the bid just submitted, I'm good at spotting differences at pace, being a medical librarian in my other life. Time's at a premium just now so it'll be weekend work -- I can't drop the bids too far from your maximum, sorry. I can commit to only one or the other of your 2 current jobs on offer, and would prefer the novel, but I engage well with short stories, too.

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Gouri Banerji

Hi Lig,

I would love to cross-check/proofread your assignment. Given my specialisation in content quality checking and content development, attention to detail is a professional necessity and a skill I have had and honed over the years. I also love stories, so I think that's a great combo for what you need!

Best, Gouri 0432568190

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I am interested in this project. I do have excellent attention to detail and I have worked on dozens of editing projects.

I am also a great fan of short stories and published a collection of short stories as well.

Look forward to hearing from you.

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Elise Smith

The literature sounds so interesting! I am an avid reader, with great attention to detail and a keen grasp on written English. Happy to discuss further if you wish to contact me. Thank you for your consideration.

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Denise A Wallis

I am a native Australian English speaker. I have proofread many documents, and almost competed Proofreading Academy. 100% in Academic Proofreading, 100% in Microsoft Word and track changes. I would use MsWord Compare option to check the changes needed against the original. I am an avid reader, and frequently cringe at incorrect spelling and grammar. This is a project I would enjoy working on. Thank you for considering this application. Please contact me if you have any questions. Denise A Wallis.

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Sue Mathieson

I have an excellent command of the English language, an eye for detail and am a published co-author of four books. I am thorough in my work and pertain to excellence. It is important to retain our original Australian works and I will bring that respect to the process as well as counting it a privilege. I look forward to hearing from you.

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On Point Admin

I have been working with complex documents, production, editing and proofreading for 15 years. I am currently doing an editing and proofreading course (with high distinctions) to gain a qualification in this field. I have a keen eye of detail and have the resources to print the material (and securely destroy after job completion) to allow for line by line critiquing of the original and duplicate documents to the highest standard possible.

Any proofreading or editing job is difficult to quote due to the complexity and variances between documents (i.e. a short poem or a text book). I charge $50 (plus GST) per hour for proofreading and average 3,000 words per hour.

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