Marjory Collins [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Marjory Collins [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What is Proofreading?

Proofreading is the final stage of the process. You will be submitting your final draft (following manuscript assessment and copy editing) for the elimination of any final spelling, grammatical or formatting errors. Inconsistencies and factual errors will also be corrected. We will generally correct errors unless there is any ambiguity or uncertainty, in which case we will make suggestions to the author. A corrected manuscript will be returned to the author, with additional suggestions and comments in the margin.

This can only be offered where COPY EDITING has already been done.
For books that have been copy-edited on-screen the distinction between copy-editing and proofreading is less clear-cut. The copyeditor is likely to send the author a revised printout or a copy of the edited files (probably with the changes tracked via Word.) As an ordinary reader you train yourself to disregard spelling mistakes and to concentrate on the author’s meaning; quick readers take in a whole phrase at a time. To become a proofreader you need to unlearn these habits.


Our Copyeditors and Manuscript Assessors are experienced writers composed of journalists, lawyers and teachers who have proved their abilities not only to write, but to explain and, most of all, to help.