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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.
A proofreader aims to make as few changes as possible, as it costs money for the typesetter to make changes at this stage.
If your work is not going to be printed in hard copy but published digitally only, you may benefit from ‘proof-editing’, which is a sort of hybrid of proofreading and copyediting where proofreading and some light editing are done at the same time. I’m happy to provide this service too.
Before I start work, we will agree on a price and scope for the project. We will discuss your needs and make sure you are choosing the most appropriate service – proofreading, copyediting or something else. We will also, of course, agree a deadline for me to get the proofread/edited document back to you.
If any issues or questions arise that affect the whole piece and that need to be resolved before I can move forward, I will raise these with you straight away. You can decide how you want me to raise queries with you.
Once you receive the proofread/edited document, you are free to accept or reject my suggested changes as you see fit, as well as resolving any minor queries to your satisfaction. As per my terms and conditions, the total price includes a final swift run-through of the text to check these minor changes.
I usually work in Word with tracked changes, and this is my preferred method, but I can also mark up pdf files if required.