What does proofreading involve?

Traditionally, in the publishing industry, a book will have been copy-edited and typeset before coming to the proofreader for a final check. This involves looking for any errors that might have slipped through – spelling, grammar, punctuation and consistency; in some cases making sure page numbers and headings are correctly formatted and the illustrations have the right captions.

Outwith the publishing industry the proofreader may be the only editorial professional involved. This is sometimes called ‘proof-editing’ and requires extra tasks to be completed. No two pieces of work involve exactly the same level of scrutiny.

I can work on paper proofs (either blind or checking against copy) using BS 5261C proofreading symbols, or on screen in Word (with track changes) or PDF (using mark-up tools and comments) to suit your requirements.

What will it cost?

We can discuss your requirements to make sure I am the right person to help you. I will need to see a sample of the text before I can give you a quote. This usually means a few thousand words from the middle of the copy, approximately 5–10% of the total word count. Although my rates roughly follow the minimum suggested by the SfEP (http://www.sfep.org.uk/resources/suggested-minimum-rates/ ) each piece of work is different, depending on the level of intervention required, and this will be reflected in the price quoted.

 If you would like a no-obligation quote from me, it would also be useful to know if you have a specific deadline in mind and whether the text has previously been copy-edited.

When the proofread is complete I will email/send it back to you, with an invoice following a few days later. I accept payment by bank transfer and Paypal.