You’ve just finished your 50,000-word novel manuscript for NaNoWriMo, but you’re uncertain about whether it’s any good. You need a professional’s advice on how to turn your first draft into a coherent story that will affect your readers’ emotions. Or maybe you’re ready to send out your novel to agents and publishers, but need someone to give your manuscript a quick proofread. That’s where I come in.
I’m a freelance proofreader and writing coach based in Montreal. So many writers–fiction writers, nonfiction writers, students, and academics–send their work out before it is ready. Don’t get caught with an embarrassing typo on pg. 63! Let me help refine and clarify your writing. Your audience will thank you.
I am a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and a regular contributor to The Critters Workshop, an online critique service for authors. I have served as an editor for Scrivener Creative Review, Shoreline Press, and The Senior Times. My clients include freelance authors, students, academics, publishers, and magazines.
Matthew Timmins, self-published author:
“Matthew edited my novel, ‘The Miseries of Mr. Sparrows’, and did an excellent job. His work was competent, professional, and timely. I was very happy with the results and have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Rettino as a proofreader and a copy editor.”
Ursula Sportelli, holistic health practitioner:
“Without judgment, Matthew tutored and guided me in the art of creative writing. I appreciated his patience as he continues in answering any question I have regarding the mysteries of writing.”
I proofread all forms of fiction and nonfiction. My rates are as follows:
Proofreading fee: $3/page Copyediting fee: $4/page
(1 page = 250 words, or 12 pt. Times New Roman, double spaced)
I can also provide 2-4 page substantive critiques of your short story or novel’s plot and characterization technique. The rate for these critiques is $3.50/manuscript page. You will receive a pdf of my critique giving feedback and suggestions.
N.B: This particular service is not a scene-by-scene markup of your manuscript.
For academics, I can convert your referencing style, whether it is APA, MLA, or Chicago.
Is English your first language? If not, let me help you. As a Studiosity online tutor, I routinely provide clear comments and actionable feedback for students whose mother tongue is not English.
Feel free to ask me any questions: email@example.com