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Proofreading

It's almost time to publish, and you need one last set of eyes to check your manuscript for any lingering errors and to make sure the layout and formatting you've worked so hard on is consistent throughout. I'll give your project one final sweep before it reaches your audience, that way you can publish with confidence.

What exactly is proofreading?

Proofreading is the final step before your book is published. It takes place after your manuscript's layout and design have been completed, with all parts (including images, sidebars, footnotes, etc.) in their proper places. Basically, when you hire a proofreader, your project should be in its final form—exactly what it will look like for your audience.

 

In a proofread, I check:

  • Pagination. Are all the pages numbered appropriately? Are the numbers in the same location on each page? Are they hidden where they’re supposed to be? (Such as on chapter title pages.)

  • Headers and titles. Do the headers and titles match the content? Are they spelled correctly? Do they all have the same style?

  • Layout. Are the margins consistent? Is the text properly justified on the right side? Are paragraphs indented properly (and not indented where they shouldn’t be)?

  • Design. Is the font consistent? Are all the chapter titles, headers, etc. the same font style and size? Are the same marks or symbols used consistently to indicate scene breaks?

  • Images. Are the correct images used? Are they in the proper positions? Are they the correct size and quality?

  • Breaks. Are there any words that are hyphenated incorrectly at the end of a line? Are there too many end-of-line hyphens in a row? Are there any sentences that continue to the next page, even though they’re the last sentence of a paragraph or scene?

  • Spacing. Are the words spaced too far apart or too close together? Does the white space between words create lines down the page that would draw the eye? Is there enough space between lines?

  • Style adherence. Are punctuation, capitalization, numerals, and spellings used as the style sheet indicates? Are the details of the story (timeline, character appearances, directions of travel, locations, etc.) consistent with what’s listed in the style sheet?

  • Mechanical errors. Are there any mistakes in punctuation, spelling, homonyms, grammar, or syntax that were missed by earlier editing passes?

**Note: Proofreading does not include smoothing out awkward sentences, making writing more concise, or clarifying confusing passages. These types of edits fall under copyediting. For more info, have a look at the copyediting page.

What's included in a proofread?

When I send back your proofread, you will get two documents:

  1. Your proofread project, with all my changes marked clearly. If you’ve done your layout and design in Microsoft Word, then my edits will be done with Track Changes. If your layout and design were done in any other program, then I’ll be working on a PDF, where I will use stamps and the comments function to show my edits.

  2. The updated style sheet. If you sent me a style sheet along with your project, I will update it as I edit and send the new version back to you. If you don’t send a style sheet, then I will compile a very basic one and send it to you.

How much does it cost?

$0.01–$0.016 per word ($10.00–$16.00 per 1,000 words)

Pricing depends on the complexity of the project. Click the button below for a personalized quote.