What is Proofreading?
Proofreading involves reading the text and examining it carefully for errors. This includes spelling, punctuation, and grammar. It can also pick up typesetting errors such as inconsistencies in indentations and so on. Proofreading will not look for unclear phrasing, repetition or inconsistencies in the text.
Does my work need to be Proofread?
The proofreading process is designed to pick up minor flaws and problems that can often go unnoticed by the writer. The process of writing a text can often mean that you become so close to your work that you can miss things that may be immediately apparent to a fresh set of eyes.
Normally proofreading is done as part of the publication process. However you may have a completed manuscript that you are happy with and just need a fresh pair of eyes to give it a final polish before it is sent for publication. This is a good option if you are confident in your own copy-editing, and in these cases is much more cost effective. It shouldn’t be used as an alternative to copy-editing however, as it tends to be less thorough and wide ranging.
How long does it take?
This depends on the size and type of work submitted. Normally you would be looking at a timescale of 2-3 weeks.
How much does it cost?
The exact fee per service is wholly dependent on the size and complexity of the text. A comprehensive free quote will be given prior to any work being commenced.
Why do I need a Copy Editor?
A Copy Editor will go through your work and make changes which will reduce the risk of rejection by publishers and their agents by making it more readable. Copy-editing roots out unclear phrasing, spelling mistakes, bad punctuation and incorrect grammar. These and other seemingly trivial technical issues may mean that your manuscript is never read past the first few pages before being consigned to the ‘reject’ pile.
Copy-editing is essential to an author – it makes sure your work is easy to read. Even those of us who are extremely confident with our writing can still benefit from copy-editing: an extra set of eyes can pick up the small imperfections you may not have noticed, but which make such a big difference to the readers of your work. Copy-editing removes all these potential errors and helps make the work more polished.
Copy editing is performed electronically in a Word or similar file. Any changes are noted which means you can see what has been changed, and undo the change if you want to. If you prefer to use hard copies rather than use a computer, please contact us.
Copy editing does not include advice on plot development, characterisation, or general fluidity of the work.
Editing usually takes about two to three weeks depending on the size and complexity of the text. If you need an express service please contact us.
How much will it cost?
This will depend on the size and complexity of the work and how much correction is needed. Written quotes are always given and agreed prior to any work being commenced.
If you are looking to self publish your work please check out our publishing service.