Proofreading services

What is proofreading?

Proofreading is the close and detailed reading of a document or publication in order to check and correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and consistency errors, as already covered on the benefits of proofreading page. (Please note that I only handle proofreading on screen, not on paper. This is more environmentally friendly.)

As a proofreader I can also alert you to the use of clichéd and stale writing and inconsistencies of language, layout, formatting, and presentation of facts and data. I can also test the hyperlinks in your document to ensure they are functioning.

I will also comment on awkward and ambiguous wording, and offer solutions where possible, but not to the extent of copy-editing or rewriting. Changes, queries, or suggestions will be marked on Word documents using the Track Changes tool or on PDFs using Adobe Acrobat editing tools.

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If you are finding it difficult getting that publication into shape before the deadline, get help and hire a proofreader

What can you expect from proofreading?

Not perfection, but as close as is humanly possible perhaps.

Please note that proof correction does not include:

  • copy-editing
  • copyright permissions
  • indexing
  • literary appraisal or criticism
  • page design and layout
  • rewriting and development editing.

Contact

 Proofreading media handled

  • Annual accounts and reports
  • Bids, proposals, and tenders
  • Blogs
  • Books and handbooks
  • Business documents (such as agreements, contracts, and terms and conditions)
  • Case studies
  • Corporate literature
  • Distance learning modules
  • Educational materials
  • Financial reports
  • Investment reports
  • Journals – academic and vocations
  • Magazines
  • Manuals
  • Marketing literature, including brochures case studies, and flyers
  • Mission statements
  • Newsletters
  • Packaging, labelling and instructions for use
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Press releases
  • Reports
  • Social media posts and profiles
  • Textbooks and teacher / lecturer resource manuals
  • Travel guides
  • Website material (in PDF or Word format, not live sites).

“I’ve engaged Stephen as a proofreader on a multitude of projects over the years. He has worked on higher education and further education textbooks as well as online resources for me, and has always delivered on time to a very high standard. …”

(Testimonial from educational publishing client)

All proofreading carried out will be subject to my Terms and Conditions of Business.