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© 2015 by Grammar Queen

All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part, in any form.

Published 2015 in Canada.

Grammar Queen™ is a registered trademark of Deb Amia.

ISBN: 978-1-943275-60-1

I am extremely grateful to:

Melianne Lussier – Social media, marketing, and creative genius

Matthew Vogt – Gifted web designer

Dov Baron – Business guru extraordinaire

Renuka Baron – Email writer and the impetus for this amazing journey

Deb Amia – The person without whom this journey would not be possible!

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Proofreading, copy editing, PDF editing and line editing of:
  • Social Media Packages
    (Customizable packages of 5, 10 and 20 available
    • Blogs
    • LinkedIn articles
    • Facebook posts
  • Websites
  • Newsletters
    • Individually or packages of 5 or 10
  • Ads and Signs
  • Novellas and Books
  • RFPs
  • White Papers

Eye Spy

Do you see what I see?  Take this fun challenge to see for your self how much our eyes can miss.  Note the grammer, spelling and punctuation errors you find on this page.  When your done go to the bottom of the page and move the slider to the right to see what changes Grammer Queen suggests.  (no peaking until you’re completely done)!  Here we go!

The server rolled up to the car window her pencil behind her ear.  I had been 50 or more years since the women had seen a server on roller skates.  It gave her nostalgia for the old days.  She hoped the food also took her back to the 50s.  She didn’t think it was just her imagination that food had tasted so much better back then.  Her stomach growled as she placed her order-cheese burger, crispy golden fries and a creamy chocolate shake-and lied back in her car seat to wait for the food to arrive.

The radio was tuned to an oldie’s station. The Beach Boys were signing “Good Vibrations.”  A few songs later the food arrived.  It was served on a old fashioned long tray.  The server past the tray through and insured it was fastened securely on the front windows.  The smells wafted up from the tray were exquisite.  She payed the server as fast as she could and dug into the yummy smelling food.  Wow!  It was everything she remembered.  “I definitely have to come here again.” She thought the grease dripping on her chin.  My kids would love this!

How did you do?  Of course, no one catches everything, the first time through.  That’s why its so important to have a second pair of eyes on your teem.

Do you see what I see? Take this fun challenge to see for yourself how much our eyes can miss. Note the grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors you find on this page. When you’re done, go to the bottom of the page and move the slider to the right to see what changes Grammar Queen suggests. (No peeking until you’re completely done!) Here we go!

The server rolled up to the car window, her pencil tucked behind her ear. It had been fifty or more years since the woman had seen a server on roller skates. It made her nostalgic for the olden days. She hoped the food also took her back to the fifties. She didn’t think it was just her imagination that food had tasted so much better back then. Her stomach growled as she placed her order (spacing on either side of the hyphens) cheese burger, crispy, golden fries, and a creamy chocolate shake and lay back in her car seat to wait for the food to arrive.

The radio was tuned to an oldies station. The Beach Boys were singing Good Vibrations’. A few songs later, the food arrived. It was served on an old-fashioned, long tray. The server passed the tray through and ensured it was fastened securely on the front windows. The smells wafting (remove up) from the tray were exquisite! She paid the server as quickly as she could, then dug into the yummy-smelling food. Wow! It was everything she remembered. “I definitely have to come here again,she thought, the grease dripping down her chin. My kids would love this!

How did you do? Of course, no one catches everything (remove the comma) the first time through. That’s why it’s so important to have a second pair of eyes on your team.

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About

“I’m writing to you because I remember how anal you are about punctuation and grammar and noticing missed things…”

That was the first line of an email I received, which provided the impetus for me to begin offering my services as a copy editor, line editor, PDF editor, and proofreader.

As a child, I was a voracious reader! If I didn’t have a book, I would simply read whatever was at hand. I remember reading cereal boxes at the breakfast table. As an adult, I continue to devour books and I discovered (what I call) my mental affliction – errors seem to jump off the pages at me.

Spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors are everywhere you look today! Randomly open a book, pop onto a website, read signs at your local store (and billboards along the road), or go online to view websites and the popular social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It won’t take you long to find multiple errors.

How do you feel about the person or company publishing these errors? Do you question their professionalism? What about your own writing and posting? Do you break into a sweat before you hit the post button? Is this worry impacting your creativity? You need Grammar Queen™ on your team. I will be your second set of eyes, allowing you to write and post with confidence!

Let me put my unique talents to work on your next project.

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Praise

Victoria Hargis

“I was stressing when I wrote my book. I wanted the eyes of an editor on it. Deb takes the hard work out preparing your book for print. I knew I could rest easy once it was in her capable hands. The edits were clear and comments concise. She took the stress of editing and turned it into an organized and professional collaboration.”

Victoria Hargis — Motivational Speaker, Coach, Author Raw Leadership: Awaken Your Power Within

Dov Baron

“As a bestselling author of several books, I have worked with any number of line editors and proofreaders. What I can tell you is, Deb Amia is in a class of her own! As far as I’m concerned, Deb is now the standard everyone else is aspiring to! Thank you, Deb, for your vigilant, eagle-eyed skills. I sincerely appreciate you, your outstanding skills, and your totally professional attitude. I am delighted to have you on our team!”

Dov Baron — The Full Monty (Authentic) leadership expert, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and radio host

Maarten Van Nus

“Your book is back from the content editor. You’ve read and reread it a hundred times and you are certain that all is right and ready to go. I know, because that is what I did. Then I sent it for line editing, thinking it would come back with a gold star saying “no corrections needed”. That was not the case… there were an average of five to ten suggestions for changes per page. After swallowing my ego and making the corrections, my book went from just a readable book, to one that flowed, thanks to Deb Amia at Grammer Queen. Oops! That’s Grammar Queen (see how easily mistakes can happen).”

Maarten Van Nus — Founder of Boomer Body and author of Help! I'm being Held Prisoner by my Couch

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ERROR MADE ME SMILE :)

By DebFebruary 27, 2016in Grammar Humor0

Sometimes errors can inadvertently be a good thing. The other day at work, I received an email about an upcoming update to a software program.  It said that we had to be signed out of the system by 5 PM that day so the update could take place.  It then advised that a list of...

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MURDER IN THE AIR! BEWARE THE SERIAL COMMA!

By DebJune 26, 2015in Punctuation1

Commas are constantly overused, underused, and misplaced.  In my opinion, commas are one of the most important punctuation marks we have! Read these two sentences and notice the difference a comma makes:  Let’s eat grandma!  Let’s eat, grandma!  COMMAS SAVE LIVES! Have you heard about the dreaded serial comma?  No, it’s not a serial killer,...

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WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL PUNCTUATION PET PEEVE (PPPP)?

If I asked what your pet peeve was, how would you respond? What about a pet peeve about punctuation? Do you see things, when you are reading, that drive you crazy? If you gave it some thought, you might actually discover you have more than one personal punctuation pet peeve (PPPP). I definitely have multiple...

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GRAMMAR QUEEN IS BORN!

By DebMay 28, 2015in News & Updates0

“I’m writing to you because I remember how anal you are about punctuation and grammar and noticing missed things…” That was the first line of an email I received, which provided the impetus for me to offer my services as a copy editor, line editor, PDF editor and proofreader. Renuka Baron, business and life partner...

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FAQ

What is the difference between an editor and a line editor?

You will find many different definitions of editor and line editor online.

Most agree that an editor works on the content, structure, plot and character development.

In other words, the big picture.

My definition of a line editor is someone who checks the spelling, grammar and punctuation, while watching for proper sentence and paragraph structure, word usage and repetitive phrases.

While I am editing your work, I might comment on glaring errors in content and characters that I notice, even though it is not officially one of my duties as a line editor.

In other words, the small picture with a little extra on the side.

Will you change my words? (Is there a potential to lose “me”
in this process?)

Absolutely not. You will always have the choice to allow or remove any suggested changes.

Do you make changes to my documents?

There are two main options for line editing your documents – using pdf or Word documents:

If you choose to have me edit a pdf document, I will make “notes” on the document. You will read the notes and make any desired changes to your own document.

If you choose to have me edit a Word document, I will make the changes in the document using Track Changes. You will then have the option to accept or decline each change.

Either way, no changes are made to your document without your approval.

Why do I need a line editor when there are online editing programs?

Online editing programs are a big help and can catch the majority of errors, but they cannot give your document the human touch. If you submit a document for line editing, showing proof that it has been through an online editing program, you will pay a reduced fee for my services since my workload will be greatly reduced.

Are there things I can do prior to submitting a document that will help to speed up the turn-around time?

Definitely! You can run a spell check on your document. That sounds very logical and simple, but you would be surprised how many people skip this step. Another great idea is to read your work out loud. This is an easy way to find words and sentences that do not work.

Do you only line edit or proofread books?

No, I line edit blogs, websites, LinkedIn articles, newsletters, Facebook posts, advertisements, signs, billboards, white papers and RFPs. If you can write it, most likely I can edit it.

If I buy a package of your services, do I have to send all documents to you at the same time?

You do not. For example, if you buy a package of 10 Facebook post edits, I will track each time you send me a post to edit and I will let you know in advance when you are nearing the end of our agreement.

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