You've gotten this far in the writing process. You can see the finished product; all you have to do is get it published. But wait just a minute. Have you edited your work? Have you had someone proofread your story? I speak from experience when I say that there is nothing worse than reading a polished final copy of your work and noticing a spelling error or a missing punctuation mark. It's hard to recover from that because all you think about is that glaring error in your final product. When editing, make sure you can answer the following questions:
Have I used complete sentences and proper punctuation?
Is my spelling and capitalization correct? Especially proper names?
Have I marked all the corrections I noticed?
Has someone else checked my work?
That last one is super important. It can be very difficult to edit your own writing because your mind knows what you are trying to say and it can be hard to catch every error. It is always important to have someone else proofread your work. I have worked as an editor at multiple newspapers and have a lot of experience proofreading and editing pieces of writing. Even if you only hire me for one aspect of your writing project, make it the editing phase. It can truly make the difference between a good piece of writing and a high-quality professional piece of writing. I work by the hour and can do as much or as little editing as you would like me to do in order to make your story look and read like a professional piece.
To contact me, call (513) 254-7477 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org