Proofreading for Authors

Proofreading for Authors

This is the final step on your manuscript’s journey and, once done, your book will be ready to publish!

I primarily read fantasy and sci-fi, but I enjoy reading widely and am able to edit across all genres.

What is proofreading?

Proofreading is more than just a quick readthrough of text to find typos; it’s a slow, careful readthrough that ensures consistency in layout, capitalisation, grammar, and punctuation, making your novel error free and easy to read.

How does it work?

First, tell me what you need. Do you need a simple readthrough to check only for spelling mistakes, typos, and layout, or do you need an eye to look a little deeper?

I’ll ask you if you have a style guide for me to work with. If you do, fantastic! If you don’t, I’ll make one and return it to you. This will be invaluable to you throughout the rest of your publishing journey! (You can also download a free Sample Style Guide from this page: Are You Ready For a Proofreader?)

Next, send me some sample pages of your book (around 1,000 words). I’ll proofread and return these free of charge to get an average working speed. This is a chance for you to see if my services are right for you.

If you’re happy, we’ll decide on a deadline and rate for the project, and I’ll get to work.

I’m happy working on digital proof (using either MS Word’s Track Changes feature or PDF markups in Adobe Acrobat) and paper proofs* (using the BSI symbols – I’ll send you a copy of the ones I have used to make everything easy) and can work in both UK and US English.

*Paper proofs will be printed double sided on recycled paper with non-toxic ink unless otherwise specified. Paper proofs can be returned by email (scanned) or via post. Printing and postage costs will be included on the invoice.

How much does it cost?

To get us started, send me 1,000 words (or thereabouts) of your novel. I’ll proofread and return this free of charge to get an understanding of your book. From there I can work out how long it will take to proofread your work and give you a final project cost. (My average reading speed is 1,500–4,000 words an hour but will vary based on the required level of amendment.)

On booking, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required.

Proofreading Qualifications

Essential Grammar (The Publishing Training Centre), January 2023: Self-assessed.

Essential Proofreading (The Publishing Training Centre), March 2023: Pass.

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