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About Jan K., The Proofer

I have been an active freelance proofreader and copyeditor since 1995. I am well-read, grounded in English and grammar, command an impressive personal vocabulary, and rely on 40+ years of personal and work-related experience to inform my copyediting and proofreading endeavors. I currently write and self-publish my own works of historical fiction based on the American Civil War.

Areas of Expertise

I am proficient in copyediting completed works that need thoughtful editing, construction review, evaluation of contextual consistency, and general assessment of content. I proofread texts that have been completed and revised that are now ready to submit for publication. I provide hands-on editing for authors who are developing their academic texts (articles, dissertations, theses, other supporting documents). I can provide hands-on writing assistance for authors who are developing their research-based articles that are destined for publication in top-tier research journals.

My strength is in accounting, although I can competently copyedit/proofread works in any academic subject.

I confidently work in Microsoft Word, am adept in using Track Changes, inserting Comments, style-tagging, and overall formatting. I can also work in PDF formatting. I can also assist in reformatting articles to comply with and conform to journal-specific formatting and style guidelines.

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I work primarily with authors who publish in academic research journals, post-graduates who are writing their Ph.D. or doctoral dissertations and Master’s theses, and authors of other texts that support academic research. I provide ongoing services for clients who write company-related reports, documents, and training materials. I have assisted authors who self-publish non-fiction novels (in myriad genre). I have also helped people with the text for their personal websites.

Rates and Availability

Please contact me directly for my availability for new work. If I am unable to take on your project, I can provide the contact information for other freelancers (all of whom I recommend based on having personally worked with them for mutual clients).

My basic rate as of 2018 is $35/hours (in U.S. dollars). I bill strictly by the hour (rounding off to the closest increment of 15 minutes).

I bill at the completion of the assignment and accept payment via PayPal.