Page name: the Elftown Proofreading Service [Logged in view] [RSS]
2012-08-03 21:08:34
Last author: Ravenclaw
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Is it a never-ending battle to get those pesky grammar issues tamed? Does the proper spelling of words elude you? Do you simply want to have another pair of eyes look over your text to see whether it actually makes sense? Look no further, for we are here to help.

The service is run by [Akayume] and [Linderel], the former of whom is a native English attemptee (and word maker-uper extraordinaire) and has a love for literature; the latter, while hailing from Finland, studies English philology and is known for her epic nitpicking skills.

What will the Service proofread?

We take anything and everything from poems to essays to novel drafts. We do, however, reserve the right to reject a submission. There is at least one type of text that will never be accepted: crew applications. As the proofreaders are both also members of the Elftown Council, they cannot help you with your application in such a direct manner. Another instance in which your text might be rejected is if you intend to enter it in an official Elftown competition. As Literature Judges, we should not see any entries before the judging if we have promised to partake in it. Anything else is heartily welcome.

We only ask that you submit your text reasonably early in relation to when you want it to be processed. If you are submitting a chaptered work, please place each chapter on a separate page so as to make our lives a little bit easier.

So how does this submitting thing work, then?

Put your text up on a wiki, then post a link here with some details as to what kind of thing it is you want us to look over.

Username: [Akayume]
Text link: Proofread Me!
Text length: 927 words
Text type: Fan Fiction
Day submitted: May 12
Urgency level: It would be great if this was done by the end of the month!
Additional notes: Here you can tell us whether there's something specific we should focus on: e.g. grammar, spelling, cohesion, etc.

Your text will be claimed by one of us. The proofreader will then create a new wikipage that has the editing done on it for you, and you can either copy+paste from there, or take what parts you'd like. Once you've been helped, your submission will be moved to Proofread Works.

How fast will you be?

This depends entirely on the type of text you submit, but someone will claim your submission within a day (allowing room for time zones, of course). The proofreader will then strive to be finished within a week. Naturally, if the stipulated deadline is sooner, that deadline will be adhered to.

Do take into account that the proofreaders have lives outside of Elftown. It would be appreciated if you did not submit things which need to be processed by the very next day.

If I ask you to proofread my work faster, will you?

If there arises an urgent need to have your work proofread faster, and you are very polite, we will see what we can do. If you decide, however, to pester to get what you want, we'll have to refuse you. Once again we do have lives that exist outside of this site, and there may be people before you who have waited patiently to have their work proofread.

Submit your text here in the format specified above.

Username: [Mortified Penguin]
Text link: Till Danderfluff
Text length: idunnolol
Text type: Fan Fiction
Day submitted: May 20
Urgency level: EXTREME, maybe even BLACKWATCH PLAID
Additional notes: Made in middle school. The structure definitely needs looking at.

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2012-01-30 [Linderel]: Then you can send it to us in a private message, I suppose. :) Or an e-mail. Depends on the length - it would be kind of cumbersome to read stories longer than a few hundred words in an ET message.

Alternately, you could look for someone to do it for you IRL.

2012-01-30 [Celtore]: *Nods* I've thought of that and the only two people who I think are good enough are totally a completely biast when it comes to my work. And so far it's 7, short, chapters. If it would be too much I understand

2012-01-30 [Linderel]: Well, we'll discuss it and let you know in a couple of days. Is that alright? :)

2012-01-30 [Celtore]: Perfect...It's not going anywhere lol thanks

2012-01-30 [Akayume]: So Lin and I have been talking, and here's what we think - if it gets e-mailed to one of us, we can open it in googledocs allowing us both to edit and read and make comments etc. We can do this, if you give us a bit more time to look things over and read.

2012-01-30 [Celtore]: You've got all the time in the world lol...I'm at a bit of a stand point in my writing so I figure get what I've got looked at then go from there

2012-04-06 [Ravenclaw]: Hello?

2012-04-06 [Akayume]: I'm here, sort of. :P It's the end of the year here, so I've had midterm after midterm after midterm. >.< Ugh.

2012-04-06 [Ravenclaw]: I just wanted to make sure since I hadn't heard anything yet. I figured people might be arguing on who would take such a large project.

2012-04-07 [Akayume]: We'll probably tackle it together. :O Lemme shoot Lami a message.

2012-04-07 [Ravenclaw]: I've only got the first 3 chapters rewritten at the moment, I've been sort of busy.

2012-04-07 [Celtore]: Any chance you have looked over mine at all?

2012-07-18 [Ravenclaw]: I'm beginning to believe I should find a different service. I know I've not uploaded the whole thing but has anyone even started on my chapters? I'm not going to bother taking the time to upload the whole thing if no one is going to proof it.
I know I said no rush but that was months ago when I added the story... four months ago.

2012-07-18 [Linderel]: Apologies. Both of our online lives seem to have kind of collapsed in the past months. We completely understand if you want to take yourself elsewhere; believe me, I started to frustrate myself a long time ago. If, however, you find a dollop of patience I believe we could get our act together and actually start coming out with comments in the near future.

2012-07-18 [Ravenclaw]: Considering I have no idea where to begin searching for a new proofreading service, I can wait a bit longer I guess. I've got two sequels to this novel in the works and it's hard to find the motivation to write and finish them when I know the first one is stuck in a constipated state of "Not quite finished".

2012-07-18 [Mortified Penguin]: I've been waiting for 14 months... *sniffles*

2012-07-18 [Ravenclaw]: Yours is like a couple thousand words long. You can't dump that into Microsoft word and have it proof it for you?

2012-07-18 [Mortified Penguin]: This wiki offers more than a simple spell check. And, as you can see by the example, there's no problem with shorter works. In fact, I think they'd be happier to receive shorter, easier to read works than novels.

2012-07-18 [Celtore]: I've been waiting for almost 7 months...good thing I have a close friend who's reading it over as well.. I want to cover my ass

2012-07-18 [Linderel]: I unfortunately cannot comment on your situation, Aina, because I still have no access to your text. I'll have to poke Akay about it. :)

2012-07-18 [Mortified Penguin]: Why does everyone on Elftown make me wait for over a year on things...? ;_;

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