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red pencil proofreadingWhat is proofreading?

Proofreading is the final stage your manuscript or piece of work goes through before it goes to print or goes live online. It’s the last step in making sure your work looks and reads just as you intended.

Most people know that a proofreader looks for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation. We also look at consistency in usage and presentation, as well as looking for any layout and stylistic errors. For instance, we’ll check headings, page numbers, tables, and illustrations in addition to the main body of the text. As well as working on ‘traditional’ books, we might work on ebooks, web pages, magazines, newsletters, and shorter documents like reports and brochures.

Proofreading service

Visit the ‘About me’ page to read about my specialisms.

Before I start work I’ll always talk with you about what kind of service you want. I’ll also make sure I have a bit of background about your stylistic choices and anything particular to your work – such as the spelling of unusual names or even made-up words! – so that I can get on with the job without bothering you with hundreds of questions. Of course, some questions are bound to arise as I work – you can decide how and when you want me to raise any queries with you.


Contact me for a no-obligation quotation. I’ll ask the length of your piece of work and request that you send me your manuscript or a sample of at least five pages. I will then provide a quotation.

The cost of the service depends on how long it will take me to do the job, which in turn depends on the type and complexity of the manuscript. Your item could be anything from a business leaflet to a 250,000-word text complete with references – I’ll give you the individual, tailored service you need.

When I quote for you, I’ll send you a sample of my suggested changes so that you can see the approach I’ve taken and decide whether it meets your expectations. I’m happy to send suggested changes in hard copy, in Word with tracked changes, or in pdf with comments – whichever way suits you best.

Other services

If your work is destined to be an ebook or a web page, you might be interested in ‘proof-editing’, which is a sort of hybrid of proofreading and copy-editing where proofreading and some light editing are done at the same time. I’m happy to provide this service too – let me know and we can discuss your requirements.

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