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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.

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

2012-07-18 [Celtore]: Because your such a meany...Only kidding :(

Thanks [Linderel]

2012-07-18 [Mortified Penguin]: *runs away crying and flailing, knocking a bunch of stuff off the shelf and breaking a vase*

2012-07-18 [Celtore]: *Purses lips together before hurrying after you. Corners you down a hallway and pats your head* It'll be alright

2012-07-18 [Mortified Penguin]: Will it though? Will it?! *sobs on the wall, ruining a perfectly good paint job*

2012-07-18 [Ravenclaw]: My point about Microsoft word is that it also checks grammatical mistakes, but you have to engage the function.

2012-07-18 [Mortified Penguin]: Firstly, my computer doesn't even have Word. And it doesn't give you tips or help you with structure or anything else. Plus, it's kind of an idiot and often suggests grammar that doesn't make sense. Besides, the same could be done for your work. You could just put it in Word and check spelling and grammar, but yet you choose to come here instead.

2012-07-18 [Ravenclaw]: My document is over 200,000 words long. I intend to try and get it published. I need more advice than a paperclip can give me.

2012-07-18 [Mortified Penguin]: Me too. But yet, you don't think I deserve more than a mere word processor?

2012-07-18 [Ravenclaw]: I never said that. My comment was based on the length, not the quality of the text.

2012-07-18 [Mortified Penguin]: Why do you hate me?!

2012-07-18 [Ravenclaw]: I don't hate you Mort, I admittedly dislike you. There's a difference.

But to answer your Q, it's mostly because no matter where we happen to cross paths, you contradict everything I have to say no matter what the subject. I could say grass was green and the sky was blue and you'd find some way to argue about it. Then lololol like your harmless and I'm the ass. You're a troll and therefore often not worth bothering with.

2012-07-18 [Mortified Penguin]: ...I disagree!

2012-07-18 [Ravenclaw]: SEE!

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2012-07-19 [Ravenclaw]: <img100*0:http://i.imgur.com/HLGJP.gif>

2012-07-19 [Akayume]: Sorry. D: Aina, perhaps you can e-mail me again? I'm terribly sorry. Work and school are killing me.

2012-07-19 [Celtore]: Message me your email again please

2013-12-17 [Mortified Penguin]: It's been nearly 14 years since I submitted my work for proofreading.

2014-05-06 [Jadala*(Once upon a moment)]: The collection of Harry Potter flavored usernames here is fucking fantastic. I had to mention that. Aside from that, there are many editing and proof reading services available if you're able to shell out the cash for it. It is a job that takes up a lot of a person's time and concentration to do right so they DO charge accordingly. However, you could try asking for help from some English majors at the local college, (they need practice) for one, they come cheap for two and they have a good idea what they're talking about. Aside from that- sup peeps! Greetings to the various people I do not know. -ME

2014-05-06 [Ravenclaw]: For what it's worth, my username isn't Harry Potter related.

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