Proofreading is a final ‘quality control’ check before publication. This is the service for you if your manuscript has been through previous rounds of editing. During a proofread I look at:
- Spelling and punctuation
- Layout and formatting
- Chapters (numbering and chronological order)
- Style-sheet creation (if one has not already been created) to document for you the stylistic choices made, so that you can carry those forward to future books if required
The emphasis is on clarity and consistency, ensuring your work looks professional and meets industry standards and expectations in formatting. When I am proofreading I respect the writer’s story and voice, and any editing work that has been done previously. As a proofreader, it is not in my remit to make changes that are beyond the scope of the elements mentioned above.
Proofreading work can be done in several ways, depending on how you are publishing, whether you are working with a formatter, and what steps you have taken so far.
I am often ask to proofread Word documents. I do this with Track Changes switched on. If you’re unfamiliar with the Track Changes function, there are many online guides and tutorials to help, such as this one, and many YouTube videos, such as this one.
I can also work in Adobe InDesign, or mark up your designed page proofs in PDF or on paper. If you are not sure which is best for you, please do contact me to discuss with no obligation.
I also offer a free 500-word sample proofread so you can see what you’ll be getting if you book me. Ask me about booking this.