Given the demand for proofreading, I have embarked on CPD training courses to obtain the necessary skills to provide proofreading services. However, due to dedication to other projects, I am unable to provide extensive editorial services, such as copy-editing and line-editing, at the moment. An important note here is that it is never advisable for the writer of a piece to completely edit and proofread their own work anyway. Whilst I am happy to proofread works I have ghostwritten, I will only do so once you have had the work thoroughly edited by a qualified, professional editor. I believe that ensures your writing is the best possible standard upon completion of its final proofread.
I use “New Hart’s Rules, The Oxford Style Guide” when proofreading; if your preference is a different style guide, please let me know. If you’re a website, magazine or publishing company with your own style sheet, please ensure I have access to that before your project commences.
Also, it is entirely your choice as to whether you’d prefer proofreading symbols to be used (such as The British Standards Institution’s proof-correction marks) or not. If not, I proofread in a basic manner, understandable by anyone – including those new to programs such as Microsoft Word; please feel free to send an email for more information.
Bespoke quotations and payment plans are available upon request; please see the document for ‘Proofreading Costs’, as included further down the page.
** Please Note: I am only human. Proofreading seeks to polish a piece of writing so it’s at its most sparkling when released into the world through publication. However, there will always be the possibility of occasional, minor errors slipping through every editorial process, no-matter how qualified and experienced the editor or proofreader. I’ve never read a book without at least one small mistake. I promise to do my best for your writing, so am happy to answer queries throughout the proofreading process – after all, life offers every one of us endless opportunities to learn… 🙂 **
What is proofreading? You may be asking. To answer that question is a quote directly from the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), available here:
“After material has been copyedited, the publisher sends it to a designer or typesetter. Their work is then displayed or printed, and that is the proof – proof that it is ready for publication. Proofreading is the quality check and tidy-up. A proofreader looks for consistency in usage and presentation, and accuracy in text, images and layout, but cannot be responsible for the author’s or copyeditor’s work. The proofreader’s terms of reference should be agreed before work starts.”
What makes a good proofreader? Is perhaps another question. The following extract is also from the CIEP:
“It takes good general knowledge, a wide vocabulary and the ability to express ideas concisely [to be a proofreader]. You need to be tactful, disciplined and reliable. If there isn’t time or money to do a perfect job, you make sure it’s good enough. You don’t have to like what the author wants to say, or their style, but you still do your best for them. It helps to be a saint.“
For further information, there’s a CIEP page dedicated to answering your proofreading questions, which you can find here.
If you’re still reading, thank you! 🙂
My proofreading process…
- Our adventure begins with a sample of writing from yourself – maximum of 500 words – which I shall assess and proofread for you for free. That not only enables me to determine a fair quote for your project, but also gives you the opportunity to find out whether my proofreading style suits you. ** Please note, I will proofread projects of 1,500 words or less (blog posts, website copy, short articles, for example) without a sample. **
- If you’re happy with your proofreading sample – or your project is less than 1,500 words – we agree the best program through which to work on your project. For instance, Microsoft Word tends to be the go-to program for most.
- Once everything is agreed, we both sign the Confidentiality Agreement and Proofreading Agreement – denoting all that is expected of both you, as my client, and I, as your proofreader. You pay the agreed non-refundable deposit.
- You are then welcome to contact me as frequently as you wish, to request updates on your project. Please be mindful that I have several projects on-the-go at once though, so I may take a little while to respond!
- Upon completion of your project, you pay the remaining balance and provide a reference – then we’re all done.
Still interested? Please peruse the contract templates below:
For proofreading services, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org