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Proofreading FAQs

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Your proofreading questions answered

What services do you provide?

I have long experience in proofreading a variety of media in a wide range of subjects and in collating authors’ queries and corrections. This involves a certain amount of light editing (not copy-editing) to ensure consistency of style and layout, amending spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, and offering advice on awkward wording.

Why are your proofreading rates not shown on your website?

No two jobs are the same so rates will vary between clients and jobs depending on their nature and complexity. To give precise rates on my website without knowing the context and type of work that I would be doing could be misleading and inaccurate, so only an approximate starting / minimum rate is given for guidance only. Rates are negotiable and can be agreed at an hourly or page rate, on a word count basis (per thousand words), or occasionally a fixed fee basis.

Please email me with details of your project for a no-obligation estimate.

What if I have lots of small items that need proofreading over an extended period? How do I pay?

Depending on your requirements and circumstances we can arrange that I invoice for a batch of documents that I proofread over, say, a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis. I offer multiple platforms for payment, including PayPal and Google Wallet.

What sort of clients will you work with?

I have many years’ experience in working with book and journal publishers, especially in academic titles, and professional and vocational education. I also work with company marketing and publication departments, educational institutions, charities, and non-governmental organizations.

Which file formats will you accept?

I regularly work with Word and PDF files. I can also work with PowerPoint presentations. I do not handle proofreading of paper copy, only digital files delivered electronically.

Can I be assured that my work will be handled confidentially?

Yes, you can be assured of total confidentiality; no one else has access to my computer or files, and your document content will not be disclosed to anyone.

How quickly can my proofreading be turned around?

That very much depends on the size of the file, the quality of writing, the number of corrections I have to make, and how much work I have booked in from other clients. Many regular clients with sizeable projects usually book me in advance to ensure a prompt turnaround of their work, so the more notice that you can give me the easier it is for me to meet your schedules.

How can I prepare my document to ensure it receives a speedy and trouble-free proofread?

There are steps you can take to make my job easier, quicker, and cheaper for you. Several of these are set out in my blog preparing for proofreading.

I need help with writing my book, can you assist?

No, I am afraid not. You will probably need a copy-editor or even a development editor. You will be able to obtain some advice from the website of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

If you need help in providing an index you should be able to find a suitable candidate through the Society of Indexers.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by email. 

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