(If you’re reading this, you at least know that I have a blog. I posted this offer elsewhere already, but adding it here will allow me to mention it on Twitter without having to keep the whole thing to 140 characters or less.)
Let me explain that subject line…
I’m a professional proofreader/editor. I also write fiction — lots and lots of fiction. And in recent times, I’ve been blogging about my writing, and things related to writing, and sometimes just stuff that I feel like blogging about.
Here’s the problem: I’m not what you’d call an active person when it comes to social media; it has the word social in it, after all. My blog has all of one follower at this time, the person I refer to as Loyal Reader. (We’ve known each other for a while, and have been beta readers for each other’s fiction. He’s great, but he’s just one guy, and he cannot be my sole contact with the outside world.) I’d like to change that so I don’t feel quite so much like I’m shouting into the void. I need feedback.
So here’s the deal: I would very much like people to read and comment on my blog. I’m willing to proofread a short passage of fiction in trade for that. For those who only write longer works, I’ll proofread a chapter or three; I don’t want to exclude novelists from the offer. If someone were to start following my blog — and by that I mean actually follow it and sometimes comment, not just click Follow and then never visit it again — I would do more than just proofreading in exchange; I’d offer editing as well. Perhaps even for more than a single short work of fiction, depending.
(I should point out that I do know the difference between real comments and fluff. No cheating.)