Where to get quality proofreading for ebook good price?

by mguy
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I have a 23,000 word ebook that could use some good proof reading (grammar spelling rewording). I looked at fiverr but $25 only gets me 11,000 word proofreading.

What's a good price for proof reading and where to find it? What can I expect?
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete J
    For a book I haven't chosen for myself I wouldn't read this many words for $50. For proofreading I'd want a great deal more. Is it really this badly paid? I'd want £150 min.
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  • Profile picture of the author vedremo
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    Look for competitive proofreaders in Odesk. You can always negotiate your price depending on your budget. I'm sure there'll be a contractor somewhere in the world who can do this job well for a reasonable price.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author PCH
      Originally Posted by vedremo View Post

      Look for competitive proofreaders in Odesk. You can always negotiate your price depending on your budget. I'm sure there'll be a contractor somewhere in the world who can do this job well for a reasonable price.

      Good luck!
      Sure there is - they just can't read English as well as you need them to be able to.

      For proof reading, you need someone who can 100% understand any and all of the nuances and multiple meanings likely to occur in a literary work. IMO, only someone for whom this is their mother tongue can do this properly. And they would probably want paying properly too.

      Just my 2c - hope it helps
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      • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
        Originally Posted by PCH View Post

        Sure there is - they just can't read English as well as you need them to be able to.

        For proof reading, you need someone who can 100% understand any and all of the nuances and multiple meanings likely to occur in a literary work. IMO, only someone for whom this is their mother tongue can do this properly. And they would probably want paying properly too.

        Just my 2c - hope it helps
        Great point!! I'm going to take it one step further, though... There are plenty of native English speakers that mess up affect/effect, to/too, their/there. So, what the OP really should be looking for is a *professional*, not just someone who has been speaking English for their entire life.

        And, yes, a *professional* editor is going to cost you more than the Elance/Odesk crowd. However, you're much better off paying more to get the job done right, rather than paying peanuts to someone who's likely going to leave a bunch of errors -- or, worse, create new ones in his attempt to "fix" your content!
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        • Profile picture of the author PCH
          Absolutely write Nicole, I didn't think their was any real need to of added that though



          Originally Posted by NicoleBeckett View Post

          Great point!! I'm going to take it one step further, though... There are plenty of native English speakers that mess up affect/effect, to/too, their/there. So, what the OP really should be looking for is a *professional*, not just someone who has been speaking English for their entire life.

          And, yes, a *professional* editor is going to cost you more than the Elance/Odesk crowd. However, you're much better off paying more to get the job done right, rather than paying peanuts to someone who's likely going to leave a bunch of errors -- or, worse, create new ones in his attempt to "fix" your content!
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  • Profile picture of the author robt020
    I agree with Pete. Your budget is too small for any quality editor to do such work. Unfortunately, editing is a classic case of "you get what you pay for."

    But since you asked where you can get quality editing, please see my signature line. I charge $3.95 USD per page for books over 50 pages. A page is defined as 300 words. So for your project of 23,000 words (77 pages), the total cost would be just over $300 USD.

    You can expect similar prices from other quality editors. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
    You could also look on Warriors For Hire, but it will depend upon your budget.

    Don't forget to look for someone who is native to the country you are targeting the e-book at. Even in English, there are many variations of words and spellings depending upon where you are situated. British English and American English, for example.
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  • oDesk or eLance, but you'll pay more than $25 for a good one. Good proof reading takes time and talent.

    I can do it for you for $200 if you're interested.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Do it yourself. Nice and cheap... free actually.

    Or just break up your ebook in 10,000 chunk words, and buy 3 fiverr gigs.
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    • Profile picture of the author mguy
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Do it yourself. Nice and cheap... free actually.

      Or just break up your ebook in 10,000 chunk words, and buy 3 fiverr gigs.
      I would love to be able to do this myself. Problem is I can't spot my errors!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author davidtye
    Elance is always a good option.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMGem
    As adviced above, you can try to post in "Warriors For Hire" section. That is really good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chad Kimball
    You can look for proofreaders on Elance and Odesk and just negotiate for the price.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    Elance, Odesk are best places to find quality proofreaders, and it depends upon you how you settle the payment and terms of work with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author excelatebiz
    Listed here are some great sources for proof reading copy such as Elance, Odesk and even the Warrior Forum however, I've always used Edit Avenue and never had any issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Most proofreaders charge at least $1 for 100 words. It might be possible to find someone who will want to do it for a lower rate but he or she could make the eBook worse. If I was you, I would test out a couple of different writers. Pick one, break the eBook into different sections, and have the writer proofread one section every week or month, depending on how much you can afford to pay. It will be easier.

    On another note, 23,000 words is a bit long for an eBook, don't you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I sent you a pm but I suspect from your first post that you don't want to spend much, but you expect to get good quality. It won't work like that but good luck. Good proofreaders are worth their weight in gold ( I have had customers tell me that so it is a direct quote.)
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