Proofreading is the final quality check, enabling you to publish with confidence, safe in the knowledge that your readers aren’t going to be distracted by irritating typos and spelling mistakes. This is the last thorough review, where I’ll look for any errors which have slipped through or been more recently introduced. If you’ve had the manuscript professionally edited, the final formatted version is the document that will be proofread.
Proofreading includes the following checks:
- spelling, grammar and punctuation
- clarity of meaning
- consistency of style
- photograph captions
- consistency of design
Proofreading is often used as a generic term, so many people think they want their work proofread when in fact they want a copy edit. Once I’ve seen a sample, if it’s apparent that it needs editing rather than proofreading, I will advise you accordingly.
Also, please note that a line and copy edit is not a substitute for a proofread. All edited texts will still benefit from a final proofread before publication, and I always recommend doing so.
The audiobook market is the fastest-growing sector of the publishing industry, and more and more independent authors are adding this format. You want your published book to be the best it can be, and your audiobook should meet the same professional standards.
I’ll listen to the edited audio recording in conjunction with the text. Here are some examples of what I’ll focus on:
- ambient noise, static, interference
- reverberation, echoes
- faulty splicing, skipping, glitches
- overly short or long pauses, breathing
- incorrect and inconsistent pronunciation
- omissions, repeated words
- character voice consistency
I’ll provide you with a report where details of all errors and their corresponding chapter/page reference and time stamp have been logged, making it easy for issues to be located and fixed. I’ll then do a final quality check of the amended version.
My previous career as a radio plugger in the music industry involved a lot of time spent in studios, outside broadcast trucks and control rooms, and gave me a solid grounding in checking sound quality and listening for anomalies.
I offer editorial consultancy tailored to your needs: for example, if you’re not sure whether to self-publish or take the traditional route, or if you want a series bible or house style guide to be created.
It was no doubt deeply satisfying when you first typed those magical words ‘The End’, but you’ve probably realised that was just the beginning! Whichever publishing route you choose, there is more work to be done. Many authors find writing a synopsis particularly challenging. There are certain guidelines that should be adhered to when submitting to agents, and I can help ensure these are followed. If you’re self-publishing, the cover blurb and online descriptions are vital selling tools and you want them to do your book justice.
So take a step back and let me relieve your stress. Here are some examples of what I can help with:
- creating a house style guide
- agent submissions: query letters and synopses
- back-cover blurbs, online descriptions
- author biographies, website copy
- advice on works in progress
- writing tips and advice
How much does it cost?
Editorial consultancy is charged at an hourly rate or an agreed fixed fee, depending on the type of consultancy.
Proofreading rates vary depending on the length, complexity and turnaround time.
Proofing of audiobooks, and proofreading and copy editing of PDFs, magazines and projects with a word count below 10,000 will be charged at an hourly rate or an agreed fixed fee.
Once I’ve seen the work in question and you’ve provided me with any background information, I can give you an accurate quote, with no hidden costs. The following fee ranges may be useful as general guidelines:
- Editorial consultancy: from €45 per hour (inclusive of IVA 21%)
- Proofreading: from €15 per 1,000 words (inclusive of IVA 21%)
My rates are based on recommendations by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), of which I am an Advanced Professional Member.