Proofreading to fund my master’s degree!

by Emma Deacon in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Proofreading to fund my master’s degree!
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On 27th September 2018 we successfully raised £75 with 2 supporters in 49 days

I am hoping to raise £3000 to help me achieve my master's degree in Publishing at Plymouth University (:

by Emma Deacon in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Hello there! Thanks for taking the time to visit my campaign (:

My name’s Emma and I'm currently studying towards a master's degree in publishing, but I've run into financial difficulties and would really appreciate some help.

1) Why can’t you get a job and save up?

Unfortunately I’ve suffered from severe health complications in the past year which have left me unable to find work: I’ve had intrusive facial surgery, multiple hospital scans and tests for problems with my retinas that could potentially lead to blindness, and I’m currently taking six pills a day to help me recover which have unpredictable side effects of severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea :(

I’ve also struggled to earn anything significant from smaller jobs (online surveys etc) as my partner is disabled and requires daily care, and I sadly lost a beloved member of my family to cancer earlier this year so spent time helping to look after my family.

2) Why help?

To help me get back on my feet, complete my course and fully establish myself as a working professional once I graduate, I'm offering my discounted proofreading and copy-editing services in exchange for your generosity. 

I'll make any pledges valid for a calendar year from the end date of the campaign, so you can purchase in advance and have any editing/proofreading done at a date that’s best for you – perfect if you’re still finishing the first draft of a manuscript, or for putting towards your essays/dissertation. Pledges are also transferrable, so you can purchase as a gift for a friend or family member.

Finally, if you don't desire any work in exchange 'Samaritan' donations are also much appreciated!

If you choose one of the pledges below (£5, £10, £25, £50) you will receive a set number of words proofread OR copy-edited and proofread - the smaller amounts are perfect for A-level/degree length essays, CV's and cover letters, flash fictions/short stories etc, while the higher amounts are perfect for degree/master's/PhD essays or dissertations, professional job applications, web/blog or social media content and novel chapters or completed manuscripts.

As you can see from the screen shot below, this is significantly cheaper than the standard professional rate.

3) What will the money go towards?

Each pledge or donation will be put towards the following:

  • Study books, equipment and software such as a reliable laptop (mine died several months ago), Adobe In design, Microsoft Office, Writer’s and Artist’s Yearbook etc
  • Industry standard proofreading and copy-editing qualifications from the SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders)
  • Funding the travel and accommodation for my compulsory work experience (and hopefully a work placement/internship!)
  • Course fees and incidental costs (dissertation printing, guest lectures/events etc)
  • Industry standard qualifications in touch typing, speed reading and Teeline shorthand

Your contributions will give me the opportunity to graduate and become self-sufficient as an established freelance proofreader and editor with the necessary degree and qualifications to work full-time within the publishing industry – you’re giving me a hand up, NOT a handout. I'll be able to earn from home while I study and recover, and build an independent business to supplement my income while I apply for jobs after graduating.

4) What can I edit or proofread?

I'm willing to work on almost anything (if you have any questions feel free to ask!) but my main strengths are literature/publishing (novels, fiction and non-fiction, short stories, blogs, websites), professional documents (CV's, cover letters), education (essays, dissertations, university applications) and business (emails, flyers, social media posts).

Please note I'm currently only able to offer proofreading for poetry or scripts as I have relatively little experience in those areas.  

I do also have several references available upon request (:

5) Why is proofreading important? 

Employer’s look at a CV for an average of eight seconds: spelling mistakes or grammatical errors can significantly jeopardise your chances of gaining employment. Publishing houses automatically discard any submissions with typos, poor grammar or inconsistent structure, especially from unsolicited manuscripts. Bad structure, inconsistency and grammar within an essay or dissertation can lower your grade boundaries and affect your overall degree classification. Errors in referencing and citing sources can even be considered plagiarism, or be used to instigate legal proceedings if you run a website, blog or business.


6) What’s the difference between the proofreading and copyediting options?

Proofreading mainly involves checking for and rectifying spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors, such as typing mistakes and misspellings, inconsistencies (i.e. character names, email addresses, fonts) and ambiguity or unclear meanings (incorrect word use, convoluted sentences or vague references).

Proofreading and copyediting includes all of the above, but with increased scrutiny of the structure, content and suitability of the work – whether it’s appropriate for its target audience, the grammar and structure is suitable for a clear and concise essay argument, the content is logical and appealing for fiction writing, and the overall flow and style is consistent.

And that’s all folks! Thanks for taking the time to read through all that, if you have any questions feel free to ask and please remember to share the campaign with friends and family (:

Much love to you all!

Emma xo


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Basic Proofreading

2500 words proofreading OR 1500 words proofreading and copy-editing. Perfect for: CV and cover letters, A-level or degree length essays, flash fictions/short stories, short blog posts or social media posts and more!

£10 or more

Intermediate Proofreading

5000 words of proofreading OR 3000 words proofreading and copy-editing. Perfect: degree and master’s length essays, fiction and prose, professional job applications, web/blog/social media content and more!

£25 or more

Advanced Proofreading

12,500 words of proofreading OR 7500 words proofreading and copy-editing. Perfect for: degree, master’s and PhD length submissions/essays, scripts/prose/fiction, novel chapters/manuscripts, blog/web/business content and more!

£50 or more

Professional Proofreading

30,000 words of proofreading OR 20,000 words proofreading and copy-editing. Perfect for: degree, master’s and PhD dissertations, completed novel chapters/manuscripts, blog/web/business content and more!

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