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Free-lance Proof-reading

richardshagrin

Sometimes when I read a story I do a little proof-reading when I see something the author might want to correct. Right now I am a little frustrated because the author doesn't have an e-mail address or any way I can find to communicate something that needs to be fixed, at least I think it does.

"You mean visit Honk Kong?"

Unless the Chinese have changed the name very recently, it should be Hong Kong. Do any other visitors to this Hangout have problems finding something that needs to be communicated to the author and there doesn't seem to be any way to do so?

Switch Blayde

@richardshagrin

Do any other visitors to this Hangout have problems finding something that needs to be communicated to the author and there doesn't seem to be any way to do so?


Yeah, I just did it with expresso42. I don't think he's active anymore.

awnlee jawking

@richardshagrin

Unless the Chinese have changed the name very recently


No, it's still Xiānggǎng :)

AJ

Keet

@richardshagrin

I download (mostly) complete stories and convert them for my custom library. Some, often older, stories require A LOT of my "editing". Which means that I correct a lot of typos in my converted story files. If the author is still active I send a message if it concerns a 'biggie' but not for little typos.
I communicate more about all sorts of other things then about typos.

oldegrump

I like Keet,down load stories all of the time. I edit them as I read them. I have not tried to contact the author about my edits, because most of the stories really need a proof reader as they have already have one or more editors.

I am also a somewhat of an anachronism in that I use American English from when I grew up. 1950's and 1960's. It was groovy then.

Goldfisherman
Updated:

I read a lot of stories here. Typically 2-20 per week. I copy and paste the stories into a flash drive, then convert the document to ODF, specifically 55 characters wide, Century schoolbook L, #12, bold. I spell correct, diction correct, and word correct as I go. I do not highlight the corrections though as sometimes the stories are over 1000 pages long and none of the documents have ever been acknowledged by the authors.

On the same vein, in the last 20 years I have never had any of my stories commented on, even in passing, except 2 requests for full downloads, over 20 MB, of some of my collections of my writings, by readers, 10 years ago.

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