What I can do for you

Traditional proofreading is the final polish given to a text before it goes to print – the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading describes it rather neatly as ‘the quality check and tidy-up’ – although some clients often need more of a proof-edit. Below are details of the services I offer.

Proofreading

My standard proofreading service can be carried out on paper or on screen using either the BS 5261-2:2005 marks or software-specific commenting tools (whichever you prefer), and involves checking the following:​

 
  • Spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax

  • Stylistic consistency, such as capitalisation, hyphenation and formatting

  • Spacing of words and lines

  • Layout of all matter, including running heads and footnotes

  • Numbering sequences

  • Contents lists and pagination

  • Word breaks

  • Cross-references

  • Clarity, and querying anything ambiguous or contradictory

  • Presentation of illustrations, diagrams, tables and captions

  • Implementation of copy-editor's changes (if applicable)

[Victoria] did a superb job, following my brief perfectly and identifying exactly the kinds of issues I was hoping she would.

HB – Author

 

If you require only some of the above checks, please make this clear when we discuss the project.

Proof-Editing

If your text requires a bit more intervention than a standard proofread – for example, if English is not your first language – I also offer a proof-editing service, where I will carry out the checks above (as directed by you), but will smooth out any awkward phrases as well. This is usually done in Microsoft Word, using Track Changes.

Please note that I do not currently offer a copy-editing service for raw text which requires more in-depth work. If you are not sure which service is for you, please do get in touch with me to discuss the project.