Why do I need a proofreader?

A proofreader’s role is to spot and correct mistakes in written works. Although many people believe that they can check their own work and notice discrepancies, the reality is that the more familiar they are with the work, the less likely this is. The proofreader's mantra is always: "Assume nothing". The required fine-toothed comb approach means inspecting each and every word for meaning, spelling and punctuation. Easily-missed errors can have a really damaging impact, so paying for a professional service will give peace of mind and the best finish.

 

Won't an editor change a lot of my work?

There are many different editorial roles, each with their own place within the publishing process. For instance, a structural editor will look at the "big picture" of the document and pick up on major inconsistencies with language and flow and, where applicable, plot, characterisation and theme. This could involve rewriting large sections of work, and will often apply to lengthy documents, including novels and textbooks. A copy-editor, however, is concerned with clarity, readability and consistency, as well as checking the formatting of images, graphs and other design elements.

 

Why should I hire you?

There are many proofreaders and editors out there. Many are experienced professionals, but unfortunately there are also many without any understanding of the industry or any significant credentials. I studied with the College of Media and Publishing, and have learned the essential skills required to provide a thorough and reliable service. In addition, I don’t work for anyone; I rely on networking, testimonials, word of mouth and recommendations to make my living. 

I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and abide by its code of practice, so you can be confident that I offer a thorough and professional service.

I also offer complimentary, no obligation samples of my work. If, on return of your sample, you are not completely satisfied with my workmanship, communication or anything else, you can walk away and owe nothing.

In essence, I guarantee a completely professional service, tailored to your needs and time frame.

 

What documents do you work on?

Although by no means an exhaustive list, below are some examples of typical documents:

  • Marketing materials including brochures and offers
  • Presentations and web copy
  • Newsletters and e-blasts
  • Email and letter templates
  • Training manuals and SOPs
  • Job descriptions, offer letters and contracts
  • Menus
  • Blogs and reviews

Of course, I will commit the same level of care and attention to detail to any other work. Unfortunately I do not proofread or edit dissertations, but I do proofread hospitality-based essays. Please refer to my terms and conditions for further information.

 

Where are you based?

I live in Brighton, UK. However, as I work online, my clients can be based anywhere in the world. I can be contacted by email, on Twitter and Facebook, and on my mobile.

 

How much do you charge?

There is no one-word answer for this, as it depends on the type of work, the level of proofreading and/or copy-editing that you require and the time frame within which you are working. Therefore, each quote is completely bespoke; please contact me with your requirements and, ideally, a copy of the work in question, and I will come back to you within 12 hours.

 

How does payment work?

I ask for the full fee in advance of any work commencing, subject to satisfactory complimentary sample as required. Your invoice will show exactly what is covered within the fee. If, during the process, I feel that any additional work is required to produce a more polished end product, I will raise this. I will not do anything extra without your written agreement and acceptance of the charges.

 

What is your turnaround time?

I will always work with you, so we will discuss and agree deadlines at the outset. I can provide an express service if required, please do let me know what you need. I will be honest; if I don’t feel I can meet your deadline, I will tell you. I will never take on a project and do a second-rate job if I cannot dedicate the time to it.

 

Can you copy-edit and proofread my work?

Absolutely. If I take on your project, I will discuss your needs and establish the level of proofreading you require. Some clients will request no more than a spellcheck, and others will ask for a more thorough edit. I am committed to ensuring an accurate finish, and will always communicate with you if I feel there is a need for a greater level of work than originally discussed.