I haven’t been thinking about this as much as it may sound, but after I published my first short story for the Kindle, a story called Fuzzy, I realized that if I am going to be publishing more stories in English, I will need help. The help I am looking for is a person who can proofread my stories, and that person might even help me with the structure and the plot (especially if it’s a fiction story). I am not looking for a ghostwriter, because I still want to write my own content. It’s just that I am Norwegian, and I have realized that no matter how hard I try, I will still have a hard time writing English.
I am going to publish several books in 2013. My first Norwegian novel is going to be published in about a few weeks, and I am currently writing three other books. One Norwegian romantic novel, and one non-fiction in English (Marketing as it should be) and a short story fiction in English for the Kindle. I should probably use a proofreader for the Norwegian books as well, but that’s going to be my next project. Right now, I am focusing on the English language.
Two reasons why I need a proofreader
There are actually two reasons why I need a proofreader. The first one, is the obvious one. I need someone to help me with my language, and to help me make the books as good as they can possibly be. The second reason is that, I need help to get things done. I am working as a solo entrepreneur, and I am always working on many different projects for my clients. It’s hard to focus on writing books, when I really should be working for my clients in order to be able to pay my bills.
But, I love writing, and I want to keep writing. If I hire a proofreader, I will feel that she will be waiting for my work. And, I will add a deadline and keep working hard to finish the projects.
Where do I find a great proofreader?
I don’t have much money, but I do want to invest in a long term relationship, and I am willing to pay. But, what I am saying is that I can’t afford an expensive proofreader. So, what I have been thinking about is to use three methods, well four, if I include this post.
- Search services like elance.com and freelancer.com
- Search Google
- Use social media to ask my friends
I might actually know some people who can help me. But, I don’t know unless I ask. I know that there are a lot of proofreaders out there, but I am not just looking for an ordinary person. I am looking for a long term relationship.
The first project as my proofreader
I want to turn my short story, Fuzzy (30 pages), into a much better story. This is going to be a test to see how well we’ll be working together. I want her to read the story, correct the grammar, and do something to the story. I don’t believe that the story will become a bestseller, but it’s going to be interesting to see what we can do with it, if we just work together.
Like I said, this blog post is part of my plan to find a great proofreader, so if you know someone that can help, please let me know in the comments.