PROOFREADING AND EDITING SERVICE
Once you have finished writing your book, you will undoubtedly want to get your book proofread and/or edited by a professional. On this page, we will explain the difference between proofreading and editing. We will also provide you with details as to how you can employ the services of our fantastic in-house proofreaders and editors.
It’s a big secret in the literary world, but most writers really aren’t good with grammar! This might surprise you, but often the best writers aren’t nearly as competent with grammar, spelling and punctuation as you might think; instead they are just brilliant storytellers.
Many other people have usually looked at a very successful book, and worked hard to ensure that the work is grammatically sound and perfect. It’s hard enough writing a fantastic book, let alone getting every single piece of grammar right! This is why proofreaders are great to use.
What is proofreading?
Proofreading is different to editing in the fact that it is less extensive. Proofreaders don’t focus on the content itself, they instead focus purely on minute areas such as grammar, spelling and punctuation. Sometimes, they will make the odd change to a sentence or two; but you shouldn’t expect the widescale changes that you’ll see from a copyeditor. Proofreaders are just as important though.
They provide a more conservative option than copyediting, which won’t infringe on your creativity. Of course the downside of this is that you won’t get such an extensive review of your work; but this can easily be farmed out to friends and family.
Whichever option you choose, make sure you find someone good and professional. Always ask to see a sample of their work first; as this will give you a good idea as to whether they are the right person for you.
What is Copyediting?
The job of a copyeditor is to read through the work sentence by sentence, and make substantial changes to areas such as grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. Sometimes, when you are writing, you aren’t aware that some of your sentences are a little off; or that you could use a comma or two extra, or sentence rejigging. This is totally normal. In the excitement of writing our work, we don’t always pay attention to the way it’s being written. This is the job of a copyeditor. Essentially, their role is to make your sentences read beautifully. Often, copyeditors will provide you with substantial feedback and suggestions on the work; which you are then free to implement.
It goes without saying that copyediting is an extremely worthwhile investment, provided you find a good professional to do it. There are, of course, drawbacks to using a copyeditor.
While most copyeditors will do their best to avoid infringing on your creativity, the changes that they reap can sometimes take away your voice as the author, which many people might find off-putting. The best copyeditors will generally use track changes, allowing you to accept or reject the changes that they’ve made. This provides a great solution for both parties.
Q. Who do you use to carry out the proofreading and editing?
A. We only use in-house proofreaders/copyeditors to carry out all of our work. Each one is qualified to Masters degree level, so you can rest assured the work we do for you is to a very high standard.
Q. How much do you charge for proofreading/editing?
A. Our prices vary depending on the genre or book, the standard of writing and the length of content. To obtain a quote simply send your manuscript direct to us at [email protected] and we will respond with a quote within 24 hours.
Q. How long does it take to complete the work?
A. Again, this depends on a number of factors, including genre of work, standard of writing and the length of content. However, our in-house proofreaders and editors will work with you to meet your expectations where possible.
Q. How do I get a quote?
Let Us Quote You For Proofreading
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We will then contact you within 24 hours with a quote.