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.
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