Client Testimonials And Reviews of
Screenplay Proofreading And Notes From Bill Donovan
First, Unsolicited Testimonials:
Donovan is, in my opinion, the very best as what he does. Not only will
you receive superb proofing notes on your script but you’ll
also get excellent notes about the contents and pitfalls of your work
from a very insightful insider that gives it to you straight.
Together he offers an invaluable service and I know I’ll never
send a script out again without going through Bill first!”
-- Rick Mowat, writer/director
I wrote this script, I never intended to do anything with it. I just
thought it was a funny original idea. But my friend Howard, who is a
retired producer for Paramount, convinced me to post it on on InkTip.
Within the week of posting, I was contacted by a producer from
Rumayan Pictures based in N. Carolina who wanted to read it. Before
sending it to them, I figured I would have a professional script doctor
(you) go though it and pick up the flaws and fix other problems. |
I fixed up most of the problems you pointed out as well as some
re-writes, and sent the script to the producer.
bought it!! My attorney brokered a low six-figure deal that
them full rights to the script and all sequels and re-writes.
feel free to use me as testimonial for your service.
a seasoned writer, I never thought I’d need a professional
but Donovan uncovered more than a hundred errors in
and substance, and now, I wouldn’t submit a draft to an
agent or producer without his finishing touches."|
Peter Steinberg, author of 7
books, and screenwriter
for a proofreader on the net is relatively easy. However,
your faith in one is altogether a different kind of headache.
I‘m a screenwriter, and it never ceases to amaze me, the
of errors I find in my scripts after they have undergone professional
proofreading. It doesn’t matter, the errors seem to
mystically grow back overnight. I thought the answer was to
pay a few proofreaders to do the job and pray it gets done
thoroughly. And then, I received, probably, one of the most
valuable emails I have ever gotten. It was from Bill Donovan,
professional proofreader, whose advertisement just said everything I
ever wanted to hear about cleaning up a screenplay.
I sent him one, then two, then three and received, not only, the most
meticulous proofreads imaginable, eradicating all misspellings,
punctuation mistakes and grammatical blunders, but his generous notes
regarding problems with plot, structure and research, turned out to be
more valuable than a three-day seminar I took by one of the most
revered screenwriting teachers in the world. Since then, with
Bill’s service, my scripts are excelling in the same contests
that I couldn’t make the first rounds in before.
hard to take constructive feedback when you think you know what
you’re doing. But until you’re writing
for a living,
the fastest way to kill your chances with decision makers taking your
work seriously is your own stubbornness to improve your writing
ability by listening to another unbiased, perceptive voice, other than
your own. For me, that’s Bill!”
Testimonials In Customer Surveys
a recent survey, in which clients had the option to respond
anonymously, they were asked to rate my service on a scale of 1 to 10
on this question:
"How likely is it that you would recommend my proofreading service to a friend or colleague?"
The average of all scores on this question was 9.4.
professional. Quality analysis. Honest feedback.
Personable service. Thorough evaluation. -- W. A. Carter|
Quick response and turn around. Several versions of the document in FDX format. Very helpful notes were a great extra! – Lizbett Perez
What I like best about your service is its structure, speed, and honesty. – Name withheld.
advice - valuable insight and some excellent motivation. Not only
helped the look of the screenplay, but inspired confidence. -- Name withheld by request
It was fast, affordable and thorough. -- Name withheld by request
proofreading was educational and extremely valuable in helping me make
my screenplays as professional as possible. Your input gave me the
confidence to present my work to industry producers with the knowledge
I was giving them the best possible script without the distractions of
spelling, punctuation and formatting errors. I found the notes to be
spot-on with regard to where I needed work with specifics and
suggestions. I also appreciated the positive comments on what you liked
about the screenplay. Your professionalism and expertise came through
in friendly and personable manner. You also exceeded my expectations
with a speedy return. -- Bill Johnston
notes about my script were direct and to the point without holding
back, not caring about hurting feelings*. Very professional.
Steven H. Kugel, author and screenwriter
rationale behind the formatting changes. Went the extra mile in
commenting on the script's strengths and weaknesses. -- Name withheld by request|
from the excellent proof reading, I liked that I was communicating with
a "real" person on the other end. i. e. We developed a personal rapport
over the course of several emails so it felt more than limited to a
straight business transaction. This was also apparent in that you went
beyond the service I had paid for. -- Name withheld by request
Fast turnaround, professional, direct contact.... Great experience! -- Claudine Liss
want to thank you for the excellent proofreading and notes services you
rendered on my romantic comedy. You made my day! While I am
always appreciative of the way you "clean up" my work, I am even more
indebted than ever with your current effort. It's no small wonder that,
today, I'm thinking, "Bill Donovan is a saint! I
am convinced that my writing has improved because I studied your notes
from my previous submission and made them part of my overall approach.
Moreover, I value your direct and clear explanations as well as the "in
my corner" feeling I get when reading your critiques and suggestions. I
beg you to never hesitate to "tell it like it is" with my work.You have
given me plenty to consider on this one! " – James Coate
Attention to detail was what I needed. As soon as I complete my next script, I plan to submit to Bill -- ASAP! -- Name withheld by request
Proofreading was detailed and great value for money -- Name withheld by request
Well, actually I do care about hurting feelings. Very
much. I try to critique gently, and I put this statement at the
top of every set of my notes: |
strongly hope not to hurt your feelings with my comments. I
believe that my job is to do my best to help you make your screenplay
the best it can be. So I have to be honest about what I read.
To the extent that you find my comments on your story to
be wrong-headed, pointless, or insensitive, you are hereby counseled
and, with regret for any hurt feelings, encouraged to ignore them."
if I'm going to be of any help to you, I do have to write what I think
is true. We writers are sensitive people when it comes to our
creations, and at times, no matter how it is stated, a critique can
feel harsh. I certainly don't want to discourage anyone who
takes the time to write a screenplay and seek help improving it.
-- Bill Donovan