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I have been proofreading for more than 40 years, and I am just as picky now as I used to be! No matter what I do, I find words that need to be corrected. How many menus have you smiled at as you discovered the not so hidden typos? I stopped counting years ago when the total reached over 500. And how many billboards have you laughed at as you raced past, only to wonder where that advertising executive had gone to school.
How many misspellings appear in the books you are reading? Too many to even count anymore and it seems to be getting worse all the time. Publishers either can't find good proofreaders or they don't actually care how many errors appear in their books. So I continue to keep my eyeballs clicking and to constantly be on the lookout for spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, words used incorrectly, and outright word bloopers. If I didn't love the English language as much as I do, I wouldn't be obsessed with getting anything that appears in type to be correct. But I do love the written word and want it to always be accurate. In the past, I have even taught proofreading courses on the college level hoping to arm a new generation of discriminating readers.
Too often people don't have time to have print products proofread correctly. Too often, they say, "It's good enough!" But when "good enough" really isn't good enough and you want your product to be perfect, let me help you to get it right.
Over the past 35+ years, I have shared with students from the elementary, high school, college, graduate, and specialty school levels my love of the English language. Even during times of owning my own editorial business, I still found time to teach young people grammar, reading, and English skills. I taught a class entitled "Grammar: Editing and Proofreading in Today's World" at a local high school and college in Vermont, where my business was located seven years ago. To me, there is no greater joy than seeing young people at that moment of "getting" the elusive piece of knowledge that allows them to understand the concept with which they have been struggling for so long. I am happy to help you with your needs in these areas.
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