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
  • 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 copyedit. 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 copyedit 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.

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


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. Proofreading and copyediting 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. The following fee ranges may be useful as general guidelines:

  • Editorial consultancy: from €45 per hour (inclusive of IVA 21%)
  • Proofreading: from €14 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.