I’d like to introduce you to a resource I recently added to the list of professionals serving self-publishers. Frank Kresen is a proofreader and copy editor with a long and impressive list of clients. He offers a guarantee that your copy will be error-free. With a flat rate of 1.5 cents per word, you know exactly what your cost will be. Read on for more information on this proofreading professional.
Make proof positive your proofreading and copyediting outsource!
Which of these causes you the most stress?
1. Uneven Quality Control in Your Documents
Do copy errors find their way into your book manuscripts or documents despite your staff’s best efforts? Do you receive complaints from the end users of your documents or letters to the editor/publisher from your readers about embarrassing copy errors?
2. Deadline Pressure
Does your word processing or publications department experience occasional periods of
overload near deadline time? Do you find yourself or your staff taking work home
frequently in order to meet deadlines?
Do you sometimes wish you had a “safety valve” — someone reliable to whom you
could send copy to be proofread or edited when you don’t have the time to do it or when
you have nagging doubts about the copy quality?
Look to proof positive for relief!
proof positive is a proofreading and copyediting outsource for some of Kansas City’s
most prestigious publications and corporations. Now in its fourth decade, proof positive
enjoys a reputation for accuracy, strong attention to detail, and outstanding service to the
customer. Consider the advantages of outsourcing your overload copy to proof positive:
1. Guaranteed Error-Free Copy
The copy quality in your book manuscripts, documents, and publications should reflect, support, and reinforce the image of your business.
2. Commitment to Deadline and Quick Turnarounds
Your production schedule will never suffer because the copy is languishing in
proofreading. Longer manuscripts and documents will be returned in installments as they are finished, and same-day or overnight turnarounds are available for shorter ones.
3. Using proof positive Makes Good Business Sense
a. Very reasonable rates, especially when compared with those of other outsource
services in the graphic arts/publishing industries.
b. Significant discounts are available. Call (816) 523-6482 or e-mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Rate Card and information on introductory,
volume, and nonprofit-status discounts.
c. You pay no employee benefits. All payments to proof positive are on an outside-vendor,
independent-contractor basis, claimable as contract-labor expenses on IRS Form 1099.
Just call proof positive anytime (including evenings and weekends) at (816) 523-6482
and ask for Frank Kresen, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
proof positive: Quality/Convenience/Dependability … since 1985
Take the proof positive Challenge!
Send proof positive a PDF or printed, finished-product sample of your recently published
(no current projects, please) book, magazine, newsletter, brochure, catalog, report,
website copy, etc.
proof positive will — for no charge — thoroughly proofread the entire book manuscript or document. If any copy errors eluded the scrutiny of either your in-house editorial personnel or the pre-press staff at the printer, proof positive will highlight these errors and send the manuscript or document back to you. This matter will be treated confidentially, and no one will see the marked-up copy except you.
It’s a great way to resolve doubts you may have about the copy quality in your book manuscripts and documents, and it may point the way toward improvements in your copy process.
Our hope is, of course, that you would consider using proof positive’s services in the
future to guarantee that your book manuscripts and documents are kept free of copy errors. But the results of a proof positive Challenge may be useful also as an indicator of a need for personnel retraining or for changes in procedures or equipment. Either way, this free, no-obligation service may provide substantial benefits to your company or publication.
So, for peace of mind about the copy quality in all your book manuscripts and documents, call proof positive today at (816) 523-6482, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and say, “I want to take the proof positive Challenge!”
Satisfied proof positive Clients Say It Best:
“… Frank Kresen is probably the finest proofreader/copyeditor with whom I’ve worked.
“… a reputation for errors was damaging the publication. Within two months (after hiring
Frank), our readers were praising our cleanliness and accuracy, and I can tell you
honestly that it was Frank who produced that response for us.
“Frank Kresen is fast and incredibly accurate as a proofreader, often picking up
inconsistencies separated by many pages of a document. As a copyreader, he has an
excellent ear for the language and eye for construction; his understanding of grammar,
syntax, and sense is superb.
“Moreover, Frank … is single-minded in his concern for the quality of the project. He also
has a splendid organizational ability; he often keeps me on schedule when I might
otherwise fall behind ….
“You cannot find anyone more skilled than he.”
— Jane Mobley
Principal, Jane Mobley Associates
Formerly Editor of
Corporate Report/Kansas City
“Frank Kresen of proof positive has been proofreading for The Stained Glass Quarterly
since 1994. He is extremely thorough in his work and has never missed a deadline. The
Stained Glass Quarterly serves a very specific market: architectural stained and
decorative glass. Frank quickly learned the market-specific terminology he needed to do
copyediting for our publication, and he stays current with that terminology. It never
ceases to amaze me how many [readers] seem to enjoy searching for errors in copy;
Frank does an excellent job of making sure those searches are in vain.”
— Richard Gross
The Stained Glass Quarterly
Published since 1906 by the
Stained Glass Association of America
“Frank has distinguished himself as a thorough and reliable copyeditor and proofreader.
“Frank has an excellent eye for catching mistakes in copy. He understands proper
grammar and sentence structure, is an excellent speller, and has a broad knowledge of the
English language. Yet … he is not reluctant to check reference books [and document his
“Not once in two years has Frank failed [to meet an overnight-turnaround deadline], even
when called on very short notice.”
— Frederic Hron
Prime Media, Inc.
Formerly Editor of
Corporate Report/Kansas City
Some artisan / proof positive clients you may recognize: American Century Investments; American Public Works Association; Applied Communications Group; Atronic Alarms, Inc.; Bank Midwest; H&R Block; The Builders’ Association; CMP Media, LLC.; Consumer Credit Counseling Service; Cook Street Publishing (Denver); Corporate Communications Group; Corporate Report/Kansas City Magazine; Cramer Products, Inc.; Dentek, Inc.; Diamond Merckens Hogan; 1106 Design (Phoenix); Employers Reinsurance Corporation; Entrepreneurial Education Foundation, Denver, CO; Farmland Industries, Inc.; HSB Marketing; The Florsheim Group, Inc. (Chicago); Grafika Freelance Design; Ingram’s Magazine; Insurance Marketing, Inc.; International Publishing Management Association; JDH Consulting; Kansas City Country Club; The Kansas City Symphony; The Kansas City Urban League; The Kansas City View; The Kansas Government Journal; The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Lathrop & Gage; Lockton Companies, LLC; Jane Mobley Associates; Morningstar Communications; National Eagle Leadership Institute/CPG Communications Corp.; National Federation of Paralegal Associations; National Paralegal Reporter Magazine; National Seminars Group; Nazarene Publishing House; John Nohe Associates Advertising; The Personal Marketing Co.; The PKD Foundation; Prime Media, Inc.; Purpose Publishing; City of Raytown, MO; Rupert Media; Saint Paul Fire and Marine Insurance; SELEX Sistemi Integrati; SkillPath Seminars; The Stained Glass Quarterly; Summit Speakers, LLC; The Harry S. Truman Library Foundation; Union Station/Science City; Universal Manufacturing Company; The University of Missouri/Kansas City; Vanguard Discoveries Magazine; Veterinary Forum Magazine; Veterinary Medicine Publishing Group; Westin Crown Center Hotel; Weyforth-Haas, Inc.; WordsWorth, Inc.
RATE SHEET and JOB-COST-ESTIMATING GUIDE
Thank you for your inquiry into proof positive’s services. The following will serve as a
summary of our conversation and as a guide to assist you in estimating the cost of any
assignment given to proof positive.
proof positive’s basic rate 1.5 cents per word, very reasonable when compared with other
freelance/outsource rates in the graphic-arts industry, which can reach $90 or even
$100/hour. There is a minimum charge of $50.
The following discounts are available:
1. Introductory: proof positive offers an introductory discount of 25%, on a one-time-
only basis. This discount is available to any first-time user of proof positive’s services.
2. Volume: Simply put, the more copy, the more you save: 1-99 pages, regular rates;
100-199 pages. 5% off; 200-299 pages, 10% off; 300-399 pages, 15% off; 400-499
pages, 20% off; 500 pages or more, 25% off.
3. Non-Profit: proof positive is happy to discount its services by 10% for clients who can
substantiate their status as a registered non-profit entity.
Again, thank you for your inquiry into proof positive’s services.
Please note: Recently proof positive became a division of Artisan Graphic Design, a full-service graphic-design outsource founded in 1993 by Kim Walsh. Visit artisankimwalsh.com.
The resulting joint entity, artisan / proof positive, is a full-service graphic-design/professional communications outsource service.
The convenience of a one-stop destination for graphic design, book layout, book-cover creation, logo creation, website services, social-media marketing, e-marketing, business-development expertise, copy editing, and proofreading excellence has attracted a wide spectrum of clients from not only the immediate Kansas City area but from across the nation.
Frank W. Kresen’s Resume
1. Graduate, 1963, Luther High School South, Chicago, IL
2. Graduate, 1965, Concordia Junior College, Milwaukee, WI
Degree: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
3. Graduate, 1967, Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, IN
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major: Theology/Classical Languages
Minor: English Language/Literature
4. Additional Studies, 1967-1968, Daley Campus/Chicago City College/Chicago, IL
Concentration: Foreign Languages/Western Literature
4 years classical Greek
4 years classical Latin
2 years classical (Biblical) Hebrew
2 years modern German
2 years modern Spanish
1 year modern French
1 year modern Japanese
Author/Self-Publisher of two books:
1. Vanishing Into the Haze: Selections From the First Ten Years (Hardbound, 1977)
A collection of the best of my own poetry to that date.
2. As They Were: A Small Circle of Friends (Hardbound, 1979)
A volume of the best poetry by five friends of mine that I collected and edited. I also contributed biographical information, a general introduction, and critical commentaries to this book.
1. When It Rains, It Pours: Fifteen Chronologies From the Dawn of the Eighties
Essays/Experimental Fiction based on autobiographical experiences.
2. Johnny, They Hardly Knew Ye…
Commentary on the Life and Career of the Late John Stewart, an American Musical Original
1970-1971: Teacher of English As a Second Language (ESL)/Missionary Liaison, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod/Prince of Peace Volunteers, Takikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
1980-1981: Tutor in Writing, University of Missouri at Kansas City Writing Laboratory. Tutored individual students in writing skills; taught series of group workshops on grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax.
1981-1983: Proofreader, A/H Corporation D/B/A Ron’s Typesetting, Kansas City, MO. Commercial typographers.
1982-1983: Proofreader, Rahija & Associates, Kansas City, MO. Commercial typographers.
1983-1984: Proofreader, The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Overland Park, KS. Then a 65-year old weekly newspaper.
1984: Proofreader, Cicero Typographers, Mission, KS. Commercial typographers.
1985-1987: Copy Editor/Editorial Assistant/Proofreader/Language-Basics Columnist (“Staff Writer”) The Secretary Magazine and Perspective Newsletter, both publications of Professional Secretaries International, Kansas City, MO.
1985-1989: Copy Editor/Proofreader (“Contributing Editor”), Corporate Report/Kansas City, a business publication.
1986 and 1987: Proofreader, Number One 1987 and Number One 1988, literary publications of the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
1987-1993: Pre-press production proofreader, Barton Nelson, Inc., Kansas City, MO. Specialty Advertising/Printing firm.
1994-1999: Part-time production proofreader, LetterPac/Uhlig Enterprises, Mission, KS.
2004-2006: Production proofreader, SkillPath Seminars, Mission, KS.
1985-present: Self-employed/Founder/Sole Proprietor of proof positive, an outsource proofreading and copyediting contract vendor for some of the Kansas City area’s largest corporations and most prestigious publications.
Sample list of proof positive clients over the last 25 years:
American Century Investments
American Public Works Association
Applied Communications Group
Artisan Graphic Design
Association of Operative Millers
Atronic Alarms, Inc.
Cherokee Distribution Services, Inc.
Christian Computing Magazine
CMP Media, LLC
Consumer Credit Counseling Service
Corporate Communications Group
Corporate Report/Kansas City Magazine
Cramer Products, Inc.
Employers Reinsurance Corporation
Entrepreneurial Education Foundation (Denver, CO)
Farmland Industries, Inc.
Grafika Freelance Design
The Florsheim Group, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
International Publishing Management Association
Kansas City Country Club
The Kansas City Symphony
The Kansas City Urban League
The Kansas City View
The Kansas Government Journal/League of Kansas Municipalities
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Lathrop & Gage Legal Firm
Lockton Companies, LLC
Kevin Masten Graphics/Hawker Energy
Jane Mobley Associates
National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI)/CPG Communications Group, LLC/CareerFOCUS Magazine
National Federation of Paralegal Associations/National Paralegal Reporter Magazine
National Seminars Group
Nazarene Publishing House
The Personal Marketing Company
The PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation/PKD Progress Magazine
Prime Media, Inc.
City of Raytown, Missouri
Saint Paul Fire & Marine Insurance
SELEX Systems Integration Inc.
The Stained Glass Association of America/The Stained Glass Quarterly
Summit Speakers, LLC
The Truman Library Institute
Union Station/Science City
Universal Manufacturing Company
University of Missouri at Kansas City/Perspectives Alumni Magazine
Vanguard Discoveries Magazine
Veterinary Medicine Publishing Group/Veterinary Forum Magazine
Vision Connections, Inc.
Westin Crown Center Hotel
Weyforth-Haas Advertising Agency