Frequently Asked Questions
What is proofreading?
Proofreading is the final polish of your document before publication—it’s the quality control stage of publishing your work. Errors missed (or inserted) during the editing process should be identified during the final proofread.
Why should I get my work proofread?
As you’ll know if you've ever read a piece of writing littered with errors, factual mistakes or inconsistencies, poorly written text can be very distracting at best. At worst, it can make your publication look unprofessional and unreliable, and may even ruin the reputation of your brand.
It’s incredibly difficult to proofread your own work. Because you are so used to seeing what’s in front of you, it’s not always easy to identify the errors. Hiring a trained pair of eyes to proofread your writing can cut the risk of alienating your audience, whether you are publishing a website, blog or business documents, sending out newsletters or e-shots to your mailing list, getting flyers or posters printed, compiling your CV and cover letter to apply for a new job, submitting an essay, dissertation or thesis to gain qualifications, or any other form of written communication.
If you rely on your website or blog for your income, as well as damaging your brand, poorly written copy may also affect your bank balance. It’s absolutely essential that your content reads well and is error-free as this helps to instil confidence and trust in your brand—an important consideration if you want to retain existing customers and attract new ones.
Get in touch to discuss how we can work together and to receive a no-obligation quote.
What sort of documents do you work with?
I generally work with non-fiction, including website pages, blogs, marketing materials, business documents, CVs, etc.
Documents are proofread on screen using Track Changes in MS Word. This allows you to review all corrections and changes that I have suggested, and to accept or reject them. I can also proofread PDFs using the correction tools in Adobe Reader, or I can proofread on paper using BSI mark-up.
If you would like your website to be proofread, I can either import your pages into Word and use Track Changes as for any other Word document, or you can give me permission to access your CMS and I will make any amendments directly, so you won’t have to do a thing!
No project is too big or too small, so do get in touch to discuss your requirements.
What will you be looking for?
My job is to give a final polish to your writing. I’ll go through your text meticulously, word-by-word and line-by-line, fixing spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax errors. If you hire me to proofread your website or blog, I will also check that your links work.
After it has been thoroughly proofread, your text will:
adhere to your preferred style guide
be free from errors, inconsistencies and repetition
observe the conventions of good writing
be clearly presented and easy to read
How much does it cost?
As projects vary in size, scope and design, we’ll need to have a full discussion of your specific requirements (usually via email so both parties have a record of our discussion). I can then provide you with a personalised quote reflecting the length and content of your project, how much work is required to get your text into shape, and how quickly you need it completed. I may need a representative sample of your text so that I can provide an accurate quote.
Contact me with an outline of your project, an approximate word count and your proposed schedule, and I will get back to you as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours).
Do you have any special packages or discounts?
Yes—I offer a range of packages and discounts for businesses, students, musicians and venues.
How do I pay you?
I accept payment via bank transfer. My details will be supplied on your invoice.
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