Page name: the Elftown Proofreading Service [Logged in view] [RSS]
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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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2011-06-04 [Akayume]: If it's for the prose contest or the limerick contest, I cannot. If it's for the limerick contest, I think Lin already entered that, so she could proofread, but both of us have already said we'd judge the next prose contest. (: It was a bit of a mistake on our part. Perhaps for future competitions we'll have one of us judge so the other can still proofread.

2011-06-04 [Mystin]: 0h ok, I understand now. I just thought you all were being like 'if your work sucks, were not looking at it'. My misunderstanding.

2011-06-04 [Akayume]: Nope. (: In fact, it doesn't say anything on this page about work sucking! That would be pretty mean, and would not be fair. Part of a proofreading service is to help people improve, so there would be no point if we only accepted perfect works. (:

2011-06-04 [Mystin]: I totally understand and I didn't mean any disrespect, I simply didn't read the wiki correctly.

2011-06-04 [Akayume]: S'oke. (: Honest mistakes happen.

2011-11-03 [Nocturnaliss]: This is a really neat idea!

2011-11-03 [Akayume]: Thanks! (: I think Lin and I have a good idea.

2011-11-03 [Nocturnaliss]: You really do. It's a good thing it gets a little extra attention.

2011-11-03 [Ravenclaw]: What about a document over 200,000 words long?

2011-11-03 [Linderel]: We would probably ask you to break it into several shorter segments and tell you not to expect us to be done with the entirety all that soon. :P

2011-11-03 [Ravenclaw]: lol thats what i figured. I've got a friend proof reading it now but i kinda want a second opinion lol

2011-11-04 [Akayume]: I'm sorry Mort. Are you upset over the feature? I can't imagine why. :/

2011-11-05 [9jlriexqk,ktpk]: I made a wiki simillar to what you have up now, a kind of proof reading service. But it kinda died. Think its listed in Elftown Wiki's?

2011-11-05 [Priscilla Primkin]: I would like to offer my services as a proofreader.

2011-12-24 [Eyden13]: Hello! I want to tell all of you about Elftown Writing Workshops. Maybe your having trouble with the plot, a character, a scene or the dialogue. This wiki can help! Come check it out.

2012-01-11 [iippo]: Is having something proofread by the 15th too tight a schedule? >.<; It's a short 800 word fable. I'll stick it up, and then take it down in four days :P

2012-01-11 [Linderel]: I think we can manage since it's so short. :)

2012-01-11 [Akayume]: Agreed. :D

2012-01-30 [Celtore]: What if I'm looking for someone to proofread my story but I don't want it up on a website?

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.

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