Although not exhaustive, this list gives an overview of the types of checks included in my proofreading service:
- Rogue spacing
- Font consistency
- Title consistency
- Date/time consistency
- Use of italics consistency
- Abbreviation consistency
- Speech marks consistency
- Character name consistency
- UK/US spelling consistency
- Chronological chapter numbers
- Capitalisation (proper nouns etc.)
- Ragged edge/justification consistency
- Homophone checks (there/their/they’re etc.)
Price guideline: £10 per 1,000 words.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I see typos in traditionally published books all the time – do I need a proofreader for my self published book?
A. Absolutely! Traditional publishing houses allow for a margin of error where proofreading is concerned, but for every typo that was missed, plenty more were caught and corrected. Self publishing standards are becoming higher and higher, and indie authors want their books to be as indistinguishable from traditionally published books as possible. This means ensuring self published books are professionally proofread too, because readers do notice – just like you did in those traditionally published books! All authors want to give their books the best chance of success they can, which includes the essential stage of proofreading.
Q. What are the differences between editing and proofreading?
A. This blog explains the basic differences between editing and proofreading.
Q. Do you offer payment plans for proofreading services?
A. I do. Most of my author clients choose to pay by instalments! The most popular choice seems to be half up front then half 14 days after completion, but I’ve agreed to instalments over two-three months before. I try and be as flexible as possible. I do, however, ask for a 10% non-refundable deposit of the total cost to secure a booking, just so that I can be clear about my availability whenever I get new enquiries.