Proofreading

Proofreading is the final polish, enabling you to publish with confidence, knowing 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. Even if you’ve had the manuscript text professionally edited, the final formatted version is what will end up being published, and it may look quite different. 

This includes the following checks:

  • spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • clarity of meaning
  • consistency of style
  • typography
  • formatting

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: 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. For self-publishing line and copy-editing clients, I will proofread the final formatted version at a reduced rate.

Editorial consultancy

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 or house style guide to be created.

One thing many authors find difficult is writing the synopsis, blurb and other supporting material. But whether you’re self-publishing or submitting to agents, unfortunately there’s no avoiding it.

For existing editing clients, I can help with the following:

  • query letters
  • synopses
  • back-cover blurbs
  • elevator pitches
  • biographies

‘Working with Nicky is a delightful experience. Following her developmental editing help, she was my editor on the covering letter for my novel, as well as its synopsis. She helped me improve and tighten my query and I believe it’s where it needs to be for submission to agents. Thank you, Nicky, for your expertise and your input!’

Ioannis Sideris, author, A Fall in Paris

Prices

Proofreading rates start at 10€* per 1,000 words, depending on the length and complexity of the document. 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. 

Hourly rates for editorial consultancy start at 35€*.

If the total fee is more than 200€*, or to reserve a slot in advance, a deposit of 50% is required with the balance due on completion. Otherwise, payment is due in advance unless previously agreed. The minimum charge is 50€*.

If your work is urgent and requires me to work unsociable hours – early mornings, evenings or weekends – then I can be flexible but my rates will be higher accordingly.

* All fees are in euros and exclude IVA (Spanish VAT) at 21%. I’m a Spanish resident and registered as autónomo. Payment is accepted via debit or credit card, or bank transfer (via your bank or TransferWise, CurrencyFair etc) to my Spanish bank account.