Proofreading

What is proofreading?

Proofreading involves reviewing content once it has been laid out and formatted for publication (the ‘proofs’). It forms the final quality check, making sure everything is where it should be. During a proofread, I check that style and presentation are consistent and accurate. If required, I can also carry out a fact and answer check.

I proofread PDFs, using Adobe Reader’s commenting and mark-up tools to indicate where corrections are needed. When proofreading in Word, I use track changes so all of my actions are transparent.

For more information on proofreading, the Society for Editors and Proofreaders has an excellent FAQ page.

Why me?

I have the skills and experience to ensure that your final product meets your required standards – that images match the text around them, that hyphenation, capitalisation and spelling are consistent, that page numbers and headers are where they should be (and are correct).

Abi has copy-edited and proofread many projects for me over the years, on subjects ranging from social policy to ELT for the Middle East. She’s conscientious and reliable, and it’s a pleasure to do business with her!
Karen Beaulah, Project Editor, Cambridge Publishing Management

I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), which means that I have proven experience, formal training and CPD, and clients that keep coming back. I adhere to the Society’s Code of Practice.

What does it cost?

There isn’t a single answer to this question: each project is different. Once you’ve told me how big the project is, what you want me to address and what your timescales are, we can agree the cost and the deadline.

Contact me with details of your project and we can talk through your requirements.