Our interview today is with Dhea Olesen, the Director for Business Development of 1-Hour Proofreading. To learn more about the company, check out https://www.1hourproofreading.com as well as their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
1. What inspired you to launch 1-Hour Proofreading?
The need for a fast proofreader inspired us to launch 1-Hour Proofreading. In the years that we have been partnering with different writers, there were those with last-minute assignments and those who want a short write-up proofread quickly--and access to a professional proofreader who is immediately available is scarce. So after determining the fastest editing speed that would deliver high-quality work, we decided that we want to be there for those writers.
2. What are the differences between your proofreading and copyediting services, and for writers who want to save money with your your "no rush" option, what does the turnaround time tend to be?
The main difference between proofreading and copyediting lies in the extent of changes done to the document. In copyediting, written material is checked for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style issues before proofreading. A rewrite or revision may also be done depending on how "unfit" the manuscript is for publishing. On the other hand, proofreading involves checking for minor formatting and typographical errors to ensure that the material is good for publication. It may assume that the manuscript has undergone copyediting and is almost ready for public consumption.
Our No Rush turnaround time is 24 hours for every 6,000 words.
3. Why should self-published authors utilize your services, rather than trusting their own judgement and/or relying on friends or beta readers?
Authors are predisposed to express their ideas in a certain way because of their experiences and training. Certain tendencies could limit a writer's perspective or his or her manner of conveying his or her thoughts. That is why having one's file reviewed by someone else is important. Friends and beta readers can help, but usually they do not have the competency and professional training to be able to identify language nuances and address style issues.
4. What are some of your favorite projects to work on?
5. Do you have any suggestions for how authors can make the most of their money when purchasing your services for help on a long manuscript?
For long manuscripts, we recommend that you take advantage of the combo copyediting and proofreading (no rush) service for a more thorough work and at a discounted rate.