Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where I’ll feature either an author or someone in a position related to publishing, promoting or a service that is author related. I will only be offering this forum on occasion, and if anyone wants to participate, email me to set up a date 🙂
For 10 – 4 Tuesday I will ask our guest 10 questions about themselves and their service or book and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Today I’d like to introduce you to Ally Broadfield. Ally is an author as well as a proofreader.
Hi Ally, Thanks for joining us for 10 – 4 Tuesday 🙂
Hi Christine! Thanks so much for having me here today.
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve worked in marketing, recruiting, and as a librarian. I’ve always been an avid reader and started writing with an eye toward publication about four years ago. I currently live in Texas with my husband, three children and a menagerie of animals. When I say menagerie, I really mean it. We have five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, a parrot, a hedgehog, four lizards, two snakes, and several fish. I also have a horse, but he doesn’t live with us.
Wow, you’re a busy lady. As well as being the owner of a proofreading business, you stated you’re an author. What types of books do you write?
I write historical romance set in Regency England and in Imperial Russia during the early 19th century. I have several things on submission and hope to have some good news to share soon.
I always enjoy the tidbits you share about Russia and history in general on your blog. Share with us what exactly your proofreading services consist of.
First I’d like to share a secret. When writers proofread their own work, it’s not unusual for them to overlook errors because their mind knows how the text should read and automatically corrects it. Whether you’re polishing your manuscript for a contest, preparing to submit to an agent or editor, or planning to self-publish, having another set of eyes to help catch grammatical and typographical errors can prove invaluable. I always have someone else proofread my work for me, because I even have difficulty detecting errors in my work.
Proofreading is limited to checking for correctness and focuses on grammar, punctuation, syntax, and typographical and spelling errors. I proofread manuscripts specifically for errors in grammar like capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, typographical errors, verb tense and subject-verb agreement. I also read for correct comma usage, misplaced modifiers, homonym errors, correct use of plural and possessive forms, punctuation of dialogue, run-on sentences, and correct use of question marks and exclamation points.
Do you offer any other services geared toward authors? Such as teaching classes on grammar or editing?
This year I’m teaching a craft class on Incorporating Humor into Writing, and I’m also teaching a class about How to the Make the Most of Online Research. I do have a class in the works on Tips & Techniques for More Effective Proofreading and should have some dates posted on my website soon.
How did you become interested in proofreading?
I’ve always been a stickler for correct grammar. When my children say something incorrectly, I tell them they’re hurting my ears, because to me, an incorrect word sounds like someone playing the wrong musical note. Back in the dark ages when I took the SAT, there was a section called “Test of Standard Written English.” I received a perfect score on that section of the test, which came with the added bonus of exempting me from having to take any English requirements in college (although I took English classes anyway because I liked them so much!). I started proofreading essays for my friends during college and things continued from there.
What was the deciding factor in offering your services to others?
I was laid-off from my job as a school librarian about a year and a half ago, and since I’m still pursuing traditional publication, I started thinking about things I could do to bring in some income while still having time to write. Offering low-cost proofreading services to fellow writers seemed like a natural choice.
Do you proof complete manuscripts, chapters? Do you also proofread for others besides authors?
My services start with reading as few as 3,500 words, and go all the way up to full manuscripts. I am open to proofreading for non-author clients, but I haven’t had any yet.
Do you have a website, or how can we get a hold of you to use your proofreading skills?
What is the price range for what you offer?
Short Contest Entry/Query Submission (up to 3,500 words): $25
Contest Entry (up to 12,000 words): $50
Short Story (up to 20,000 words): $75
Novella (up to 40,000 words): $125
Novel (up to 80,000 words): $200
Novel (up to 110,000 words): $250
I also offer a free proofread of the first three pages for interested clients, and I offer discounts for pre-published authors and returning clients.
For those who can’t afford to have a full manuscript read, I highly recommend trying a partial read. Though you won’t get your entire manuscript corrected, a partial read of at least 3,500 words will help you identify recurring errors such as comma splices, misplaced modifiers, and incorrect punctuation of dialogue, just to name a few.
Do you have a typical time frame that a writer can expect to receive their copy back?
Whenever possible, I work with my clients to return their copy according to their timeframe. I once proofed a 115,000 word manuscript in a week, but the longest I’ve ever taken was three weeks for a submission of that length.
That’s a quick turn-around Ally 🙂 Now the 4:
If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you’d put into effect?
Too…much…pressure. Okay. Putting aside noble ideas like peace and prosperity for all, I would add two hours to each day so everyone would have time to read for pleasure.
Now I love that. I could use two hours extra in each day for reading 🙂 Share your favorite quote (or if you don’t have one…feel free to make one up)
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” -Ambrose Redmoon
Using these 5 words, spin us a sentence: Bikini Kiss Chocolate Moon Caress
With my bikini briefs and cellulite safely hidden under my jeans, I stuffed my face with chocolate under the light of a full moon while pretending I was being kissed and caressed by David Beckham.
LOL…great sentence Ally 🙂 What are the top 3 items on your bucket list?
Have a book published with one of the Big Six.
See all three of my kids happily married (far, far into the future!).
Visit every continent.
Thanks again for visiting with us Ally! And for being a good sport 🙂 So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you online 🙂
Just in case you missed it, my website is: http://allybroadfield.com/
Thanks so much for having me today, Christine! It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog, and it’s even more exciting to be featured. 🙂