A skilled proofreader understands it's mandatory that the spoken record must be kept accurate despite grammatical flaws, yet it must read clean and be free from typographical errors.
My goal as your proofreader is to help you produce your best transcript copy. I check for errors, clarity, and readability all while keeping to your style preferences.
What gets checked includes:
Capitalization (names, titles, and references)
Spelling (including names, brands, and medications)
Words (transposed, homophones, missing, and repeated)
Numbers (correct expression)
Formatting (proper alignment; correct spacing between lines and words)
Q’s and A’s; bylines
Consistency (names, dates, terms, and style; cross-reference exhibits and index page)
Context (flagging phrases that read weird)
Standard: 2 business days (48 hours) $0.45 per page
Rush: (less than 48 hours) $0.60 per page
Expedite: (less than 24 hours) $0.80 per page
Rates are based on transcripts with up to 25 lines per page. Additional lines are calculated to reflect the 25-line page rate.
Rate quotes are for thoroughly scoped copy. Transcripts with 70 percent or more corrected pages are subject to an additional $0.10 per page. I will notify you when these determinations are made.
Please contact me for audio, rough transcript, and agency rates.
I offer a brief consultation to get to know your style and concerns. You may also fill out a preference sheet and provide a final transcript, so I can get to know your preferences better. My resources include Morson’s English Guide for Court Reporters, Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, and The Gregg Reference Manual.
I currently offer proofreading in PDF annotation software (marking suggested corrections directly on the document) or MS Word using track changes. When submitting jobs, please send files in PDF or MS Word along with the date and time (including time zone) you require it back.
For PDF: Only the corrected pages are returned unless all pages are requested. Annotations will appear in red text and yellow highlight; please use the latest version of Adobe Reader to ensure all corrections are indicated.
Turnaround time is based on when the file is received. Files submitted after 5:00 p.m. Eastern will be considered received at 5:00 a.m. Eastern the following business day unless prior arrangements are made.
Weekends and major holidays are not included in turnaround for the standard rate. Jobs required during these times are subject to rush rates.
If you are working on a rush or a long transcript (200+ pages), please give me a heads up to make sure I can accommodate you. Sending the transcript in pieces as it is completed is appreciated and ensures a smooth turnaround.
Rate sheet available here.
Any questions or interested in testing my skills? Get in touch! I'm available for a consultation if you'd like to see if we're a good fit.