A Cause to Celebrate

Several weeks ago I considered that my site could do with a facelift so I set about giving it one. Now, buoyed by the completion of a problematic task, I’ve decided to mark the occasion with a special offer.
Launched yesterday on Twitter, the offer is replicated here for my loyal blog-followers who don’t receive my Tweets and may wish to take me up on it.
Here it is:


— “There’s no such thing as a free meal” —

We’re told to believe that if something sounds too good to be true – that’s because it isn’t.

Allow me dispel that myth:

After re-writing and constructing my new re-branded website I thought I’d celebrate the occasion by offering my services free of charge to any who feel they wish to submit samples of their fiction to the trained eyes of a proofreader.

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But what’s the catch?

There is no catch.
  • Good things always come to an end, though, and this is no exception. I can therefore only offer so many free slots before the offer closes – I’m afraid it’s ‘first come, first served’.
There are also one or two exclusions.
  • This offer doesn’t include a critique of your work. You’ll receive no report or suggestions from me on how to turn your fiction into a Times bestseller. If I could do that I would already be heading the list. However, your sample will be proofread and grammar-checked.
  • Sorry, but the offer is also limited to those writers whose native language is English.

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Here’s the deal:

  1. I’m offering a number of slots in which I’ll proofread fiction samples free of charge. For a full definition of how I interpret ‘proofread’ have a look at my Editorial Services page.
  2. The word-count ceiling is 2,500 words. It can be your opening, ending or from anywhere in-between.
  3. On receiving and agreeing to your commission I’ll schedule the work and let you know the date I expect to have it back to you.
  4. This offer is restricted to documents in MS Word format. My Procedures page explains how I operate and tells you what you can expect to receive from me.

Why am I doing this?

First of all, because I want to.

Not only that, I’ll gain the opportunity to read your fiction and to work on it. I enjoy proofreading. It’s that simple – ask anyone else already doing it. I also like working with people and making new acquaintances.

Of course, what you gain is your sample work proofread and lightly edited by an impartial professional who’s been trained to do that very job. I’ve had to restrict the word-count but I’m sure my edit of your sample will help provide you with some guidance for the remainder of your project.

And let’s not forget either that there’s always the possibility you’ll want to work with me again in the future. You may even want to recommend me to a writer-friend. Did I say there were gains on both sides?

And if I do a good job and you enjoy working with me …

… why not let me complete the project? Should you want me to proofread more of your manuscript as a direct result of this offer I’ll happily discount my usual fee by 10%

Offer close date.

As I’ve already said, my capacity restricts me in the number of slots I’ll be able to provide. That aside, the offer closes at 9:00 p.m. BST on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Venerable Bede


2 thoughts on “A Cause to Celebrate

  1. Steve, old mate, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I quote from your latest blog entry..

    ‘However, your sample will be proofread and grammar-checked.
    Sorry, but the offer is also limited to those writers who’s native language is English.’

    I’ll leave it to you to spot the deliberate error…




  2. Hi Roy. Thanks for that. My effort to amend who’s to whose at the weekend clearly didn’t do the trick. CURSE YOU, WORDPRESS. But hey, it shows the page is being read. I’ll have another go at avoiding further embarrassment.
    I hope you and yours are well … and give that terrier an ear-rub from me.

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