Have you ever read something in a newspaper or online that has a spelling mistake or factual error? Mistakes don’t reflect well on any author, but even the most experienced writers can miss a spelling error or incorrect punctuation.
Why do I need a proofreader?
A professional proofreader is an expert in spelling, punctuation and grammar and will use their skills to check layout, factual accuracy and consistency in usage and presentation. Proofreaders are a fresh set of eyes who can pick up on things most others miss; a proofreader will make sure your copy is perfect before it is sent out.
When do I need a proofreader?
Proofreaders generally receive copy after it has been copy-edited and, if necessary, typeset.
What will the proofreader do?
A proofreader will:
- work with the author to ensure expectations are met
- identify changes using BSI marks on paper or using track changes on screen
- check for typographical errors
- check alterations are accurate
- check that captions correspond to illustrations
- check that chapter titling matches titles in the contents page
- check running heads
- check page numbers
- use company style guide to ensure style is consistent: for example, spelling and use of hyphens
- identify missing text or inaccuracies
- check/cross-check references
- check images/illustrations are labelled correctly and referred to in the text
- remove any unnecessary page breaks.
What won’t a proofreader do?
- copy-editing. To learn more about what a copy-editor does, look at our editing page
- page layout
- seeking permissions, which should be done before copy is sent out for proofreading.
How much will it cost?
To proofread content that has already been professionally copy-edited and needs a final thorough check before publication: £10-£12 per 1,000 words (we usually ask to see a sample).
If you think you need a bit more work, for example line editing to make sure your content is clear and accurate, have a look at our editing page.