Get Your Writing Proofread For Free At Kibin

Writing in the journal

Do you notice how it’s always easier to point out mistakes on someone else’s writing than it is to find them in your own work? Most of the time the magic simply vanishes when you’re reviewing your own writing, especially if you’re not giving yourself a break between writing and proofreading.

Enter Kibin, a community of writers and editors who proofread each other’s work for free. On signing up, you’re given 25 credits, which can be used to request a proofreading service for up to 1,250 words.

To get more credits, you either earn them by proofreading papers of others, or simply pay a penny per word. If you opt for the latter, you can expect your paper to be proofread in 24 hours.

The downside, which will soon be addressed, according to the site’s FAQ, is the inability to pick a specific editor. Your paper may be edited by anyone in the community, which isn’t a big deal if you’re only uploading a flyer. On the other hand, I’ve seen a user upload the entire chapter of his unpublished book, effectively making it public.

If that isn’t a concern, the 2,700+ editors on Kibin are ready for you right now.

Source: Lifehacker
Photo credit: Erin Kohlenberg

Comments

  1. BY Jessica Oman says:

    Kibin presents an interesting model, but the inability to pick editors is not the only drawback. If people are editing other work for credits, one must wonder why they can’t edit their own work. Also, there is no way to prove whether editors are qualified or experienced, and Kibin’s vetting process isn’t great – I found several errors in their sample edit.

    The service has a ways to go but it may work for people on low budgets. It just can’t replace a professional.

  2. BY Travis Biziorek says:

    Jessica,

    Kibin’s value is really dependent on what you need. The sad reality is, the many people struggle to effectively communicate their thoughts on paper. Kibin’s primary objective is to provide a community to help those that struggle to do this.

    It may seem like an odd comparison, but think of someone who is extremely overweight. When this individual decides to start dieting and excercising, they’ll find that the first 10, 20 pounds, etc. come off very easily. It’s not until they get closer to their goal weight where losing it becomes much more difficult. The same can be said of a poorly written document. Making huge strides and improvements happen over time and through several drafts and revisions. But to take a document from something very rough and make it perfect is nearly impossible and not expected from any one-off review.

    As we grow, we will provide more opportunities for niche editing and higher level needs. There are many “professionals” within our community and this will become clearer in the coming weeks. I invite you to keep an eye on us and watch as we grow. We have big plans for the future and this is merely the beginning.

    Best,

    Travis

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