My proofreading service can be carried out on paper, PDF or Microsoft Word, and changes are usually marked up using the BS 5261-2:2005 marks, Adobe commenting tools, or the Track Changes function in Word, according to your preference. For publishers, I am able to work blind, or against copy with colour-coding. My standard service involves checking the following:
I am able to work in both UK and US English; below are details of the services I offer.
Spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax
Stylistic consistency, such as capitalisation, hyphenation and formatting
Spacing of letters, words and lines
Layout of all matter, including running heads and footnotes
Contents lists and pagination
Clarity, and querying anything ambiguous or contradictory
Presentation of illustrations, diagrams, tables and captions
Implementation of copy-editor's changes (if applicable)
If you require only some of the above checks, or if there are additional aspects you would like me to see to, please make this clear when we discuss the project.
If your text requires a bit more intervention than a standard proofread – for example, if English is not your first language, or if writing is something you find challenging – I also offer a proof-editing service, where I will carry out the checks above (where applicable and as per your brief), but will smooth out any awkward phrases as well. This is usually done in Microsoft Word, using Track Changes.
Why Choose Me?
Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)
This level of membership is attainable only by accruing a wealth of practical experience, completing training to industry standards and obtaining references from satisfied clients. CIEP membership also means I am bound by its strict Code of Practice, which sets out professional editorial best practice.
Meticulous, reliable, and calm under pressure
I take working to your deadline very seriously and am able to remain calm and focused even when a fast turnaround is required.
Flexible mark-up options to suit your needs
I offer services in three different formats (on paper, PDF or Microsoft Word), but how changes are marked within those formats is not set in stone: if you have a preferred method I would be happy to accommodate it.
I am used to regular switching between different clients' style preferences (such as preferred spellings, capitalisation and hyphenation), without mixing them up. I am familiar with widely used style guides such as New Hart's Rules (Oxford) and the Chicago Manual of Style. Otherwise, I'm quite comfortable working to your own house guide or, if you don't have one, I can create one for you.
My varied clientele – from publishers to musical organisations, businesses of all sizes to charities, and even the CIEP itself – come back to me: in the 2020/21 financial year over 90% of my business came from repeat clients. You can see testimonials from some of them here.