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Does anyone have a good recommendation for blog proof-reading/editing resources?

I would like to start publishing blog posts on a regular basis to my own site as well as Medium and LInkedIn. Prior to publishing my posts, I would like to have someone proof read for grammatical and spelling errors. Does anyone have a recommendation on a cost effective resource for this and any estimate on cost?

Realistically I will probably need editing for 1 post per week between 300 - 800 words per post. Basically I need someone as an extra set of eyeballs so I'm not publishing posts with errors.

Thanks in advance!

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Tanya Bourque
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Tanya Bourque Entrepreneur • Advisor
Chief Executive Officer & Founder at OppCount & OpExpert~ Chief Talent Strategist~
I recommend Mary Gorry. Her email [removed to protect privacy]
She is extremely reasonable and very fast. I've been working with her for years.
https://www.facebook.com/maryellengorry.writes/info
Steve James
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Steve James Advisor
Partner at Stream Creative, Milwaukee Inbound Marketing | Hubspot Platinum Partner
Renee,
We've used services like Zerys and Writers Access in the past. They have editors and writers you can test out before paying. http://www.writeraccess.com/http://www.zerys.com/ Hope that helps.

Steve
Jim Hodson
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Jim Hodson Entrepreneur
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You can pay a service. But if you have a subscription to Microsoft Word, it does a GREAT job pointing out spelling and grammatical mistakes. I'll always use it to proof posts as well is to get word counts, character counts, etc.
Christi Foist
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Christi Foist Entrepreneur
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A lot may depend on your ability to plan in advance and develop an editorial calendar with agreed-upon deadlines. Sites like Mediabistro, Editcetera and others provide freelancer listings, but an "on-call" editor would probably need a consistent schedule with pre-determined deadlines. Depending on the volume and consistency of posts, someone might be willing to do a retainer-type arrangement, where you pay a flat fee per month for editorial services. For the freelancer I use on a newsletter I manage, we pay him per word for original stories, but per hour for all other work (which includes editing and a lot of content input/formatting in our website management system).
Renee Teeley
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Renee Teeley Entrepreneur
Founder & Chief Marketing Officer @ Startup Studios: Looking for Guest Bloggers & Marketing Partners
Thanks Christi. Any estimate on cost for this type of service on a regular basis (1 post per week for 300 - 800 words per post)? Also did you have a good experience using freelancers through Mediabistro and/or Editcetera? -- Make it a great day!
Oleh Novosad
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Oleh Novosad Entrepreneur
Senior Ruby On Rails Developer at PayWith
I am using Grammarly www.*grammarly* .com/ . Really useful for me as I am not a native speaker.
Adam Berlinsky-Schine
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Adam Berlinsky-Schine Entrepreneur • Advisor
CTO and Entrepreneur
Hi Renee, I can recommend my sister, who works does copywriting and editorial for Penguin and does freelancing on the side. Her LinkedIn is https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-berlinsky-schine-34986420 and I'll PM you her email address.
Christi Foist
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Christi Foist Entrepreneur
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We pay our freelancer $50/hour. Depending on the complexity of the piece, a 300-800 word piece might take 15-30 minutes to edit (it all depends how someone is reading it). I know Mediabistro and Editcetera more by reputation -- and think well of both -- but haven't hired strangers through either service. (With Editcetera, the freelancer we used was a previous employee of our company.)

The other thing I would say is to make sure the editor is used to working on the kind of material you want to write. For blog posts, someone versed in AP Style (the standard style used by journalists) would probably be good. An editor with more of a print/academic background could still be good, but might edit more with that format in mind.
Robin Catalano
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Robin Catalano Entrepreneur
Creative copywriter & strategist for websites, print, e-commerce, and social media; experienced blogger & editor
Hi Renee, I'm a longtime editor for digital and print and I'd be happy to help. Feel free to take a peek at my LinkedIn profile and website (links in my sig) for more info. Robin
Renee Teeley
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Renee Teeley Entrepreneur
Founder & Chief Marketing Officer @ Startup Studios: Looking for Guest Bloggers & Marketing Partners
Great information! Thank you, Christi. Sent from my iPhone
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