Copyediting & Proofreading
Our copyediting service goes beyond proofreading since it aims to improve on quality as well as accuracy. If you feel less than confident about your prose, this could be what you need. Weak areas of the text will be highlighted and rephrased, suggested changes to structure and expression offered, and stylistic improvements recommended. We work with a number of editors, including academic editors, so can match you with the right person for the job.
Whether you are preparing to self-publish an ebook, submitting your thesis, or preparing text for your company website, accurate proofread English is vitally important. Spelling or grammatical mistakes, inconsistencies and poor layout will detract from your work and alienate readers. Not everyone can proofread, which is why we match clients with the professional proofreaders on our books.
Let’s face it, English is the lingua franca of the international art and entertainment worlds. Whether you are writing in German for an international market or pitching German-language work to international production companies, you are going to need English translations of your screenplays, treatments and exposés.
While there are a lot of competent translators out there who can provide you with an accurate translation of what you wrote, translating a webpage or an instruction manual is one thing, and translating a work of art is another. So why not have your German-language work translated into English by an internationally acclaimed, award-winning playwright with several publications and over 20 years’ experience?
Translations of screenplays, treatments and longer texts are normally done on a flat fee basis. Shorter texts are calculated at standard per-line translation rates. Let us know what you need translated, and we will happily provide you with an exact quote for the work.
Mentoring offers beginning and professional scriptwriters alike the chance to receive on-going or one-off feedback, advice and direction, whether on a specific script or on a more general basis.
If you are just getting started, when you’re ready to get your work out there, we can offer concrete advice about finding it a home. This could be through submissions to agents, theaters, festivals, play or screenwriting competitions, or even producing your own work.
Sometimes even the best of us need a little help polishing, rewriting or restructuring a screenplay. The Reader’s script doctor can read and evaluate the current draft of your screenplay, identify structural and stylistic problems, suggest solutions, and, if desired, rewrite/polish your script accordingly.
You maintain all rights in connection with your work and writing credit therefor. The Reader’s script doctor works on a strictly uncredited, totally confidential, work-for-hire basis.
Flat fees for script-doctoring are negotiable and depend on the extent of the doctoring involved. There is an initial evaluation/consulting fee of €200 for full-length screenplays.
If you need professional, expert editorial analysis of your writing, at whatever stage of development it may be at, then a manuscript assessment could be what you need. We’ve worked with authors from a diverse range of backgrounds and will evaluate an opening extract, a full manuscript, a short story, or short story collection, offering gentle but honest feedback and insight.
You will receive a detailed written report, analysing strengths and weaknesses, character, plot, structure and prose style – among whatever other issues need addressing. Each report is unique and tailored in response to the individual writer’s work. Suggested improvements will be given and advice regarding redrafting. Your report will also assess the likelihood of commercial publication and avenues you might wish to explore in the field. If you’d like to see a sample report or have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
See what people have to say about the Reader Berlin’s Manuscript Assessment service.
The Reader’s mentoring service offers writers on-going support, whether internationally and online (email, Skype, telephone), or in Berlin and a mixture of online and face-to-face. Although designed for writers working on a long-term project such as a novel or memoir, the mentoring programme also offers new writers the chance to receive continuing feedback, advice and direction, as well as support with dismantling creative blocks.
Often, writers come to talk about a project they are planning on devoting lots and time and resources to – to ask questions about writing a pitch for a book of non-fiction, how to go about self-publishing, and how their idea can best me conceptualised – saving time and money in the long run. Mentoring also gives you the opportunity to resubmit work and check-in throughout the creative process with questions, queries, or when you’re simply at a loss as to how to continue. Along with an expert analytical eye, our mentors also provides a fine kicking-you-up-the-rear service when necessary.
Proofreading & Copyediting
Whether you are preparing to self-publish an eBook, submitting your MA thesis, or preparing text for your company website, accurate proofread English is vitally important. Spelling or grammatical mistakes, inconsistencies and poor layout will detract from your work, lose you marks in the case of academic work, and alienate readers.
Our copyediting service goes beyond proofreading since it aims to improve on quality as well as accuracy. This means weak areas of the text will be highlighted, suggested changes to structure and expression offered, and stylistic improvements recommended. Academic English and American English are within The Reader’s expertise.
Do you need an English translation of your writing? A good literary translation is much more than a mere word-for-word rendition. Sentence style, particular word choice and attention to cultural and linguistic nuances must be considered. Our translations are done by writers for writers.
Working together with semi-kolon.com, The Reader now offers literary translations of manuscripts and poetry collections originally written in German and Norwegian.
Corporate Copywriting & Editing
Since 2011, we’ve been copywriting for businesses in Berlin and beyond, crafting website texts, brochures, articles and marketing materials.
Our writers excel at creating clear, compelling content in a style that reflects the character and tone of your brand. From design agencies to travel groups, from NGOs to tech start ups, we can craft text to suit any audience, translating source materials where necessary.
As native English-speakers, we’re tuned to the nuances of English, and as professional writers, we know that storytelling is everything. If you’ve worked hard to make your products and services the best they can be, allow us to match that by creating beautiful, flowing prose that gets your message across.
From your website to your presentations and beyond, we can ensure your texts are in perfect English so what you have to say comes across clearly and succinctly.
For a quote or to discuss a project, email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get straight back to you.
If you are fairly confident that your manuscript, story or article is in good shape without needing major structural revisions, then you may want to think about a line edit. A line edit differs from copyediting in that it addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level.
A line edit focuses on the way you use language to communicate your story to the reader. Is your language clear, fluid, and pleasurable to read? Make no mistake, line editing a book is a time-consuming and painstaking process, but not only will it improve your current manuscript, but a line edit will give you the creative tools to become a better writer in ways you can carry with you to future projects.