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I pose some hypothetical  FAQs about proofreading and give answers below

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What services do you provide?

I have long experience in proofreading a variety of media in a wide range of subjects and in collating authors’ queries and corrections. I offer:

  • proofreading (to ensure consistency of style and layout, amending spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors)

  • proof-editing (proofreading with light editing involved)

So what is proofreading exactly?

It is usually the final clean-up stage after the document has been laid out and typeset. I will look out for typos, capitalization, punctuation and spelling errors, grammar problems, and inconsistencies in such things as layout and design. At this stage any major changes can have knock-on effects to layout and pagination, so I usually take an approach that is the least invasive to avoid unnecessary costs.

Why are your proofreading rates not shown on your website?

No two jobs are the same so rates will vary between clients and jobs depending on their nature and complexity. To give precise rates on my website without knowing the context and type of work that I would be doing could be misleading and inaccurate. 


Please email me with details of your project details so I can give you a no-obligation estimate tailored to your requirements.

What if I have lots of small items that need proofreading over an extended period? How do I pay?

Depending on your requirements and circumstances we can arrange that I invoice for a batch of documents that I proofread over, say, a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis. Payment can be made by

  • bank transfer (usually for businesses and organizations operating their own purchase ledger; my banking details supplied on my invoices) 

  • PayPal (for students and other individuals; you can pay by credit or debit card and you do NOT need a PayPal account. A link is provided on the Pricing and Payment section on the Services page.

Can you proofread my essay / dissertation / thesis?

Yes, I regularly proofread for students, including international students studying at UK universities.

A discount of 25% is currently offered to students as well as academics.

Which other clients will you work with?


I have many years’ experience in working with book and journal publishers, especially in academic titles, and professional and vocational education. I also work with company marketing and publication departments, educational institutions, charities, clubs, societies, and non-governmental organizations. I will also work with private individuals such as academics, authors, students and bloggers.


Which file formats will you use for proofreading?

I regularly work with Word and PDF files. I can also work with PowerPoint presentations, but I will often convert these to PDFs to make it easier to record comments, queries, and corrections. I do not work with Google documents. I do not handle proofreading of paper copy, only digital files delivered electronically.

How will proofreading corrections and queries be marked up?

On MS Word documents I use the Track Changes tool and on PDFs I will use the Adobe Acrobat tools of delete, insert, and comment. With MS PowerPoint I will convert the slides to a PDF and use the Adobe Acrobat mark-up tools.

Can I be assured that my work will be handled confidentially?

Absolutely. You can be certain of total confidentiality with your documents; no one else has access to my computer or files, and your document content will not be disclosed to anyone. My files are protected by regularly updated antivirus and malware software.

I am concerned that you might not think my writing is good enough for proofreading. Will you judge me on that?

As a proofreader I am here to support you and make your writing as clear and accurate as I can make it. It is not my role to judge your writing or give literary criticism. Rest assured anything you write will be treated in confidence and with sensitivity. We all learn from practice and with input from others.

How quickly can my proofreading be turned around?

That very much depends on the size of the file, the quality of writing, the number of corrections I have to make, and how much work I have booked in from other clients. Many regular clients with sizeable projects usually book me in advance to ensure a prompt turnaround of their work, so the more notice that you can give me the easier it is for me to meet your schedules for large jobs.

I need help with writing my book, can you assist?

No, I am afraid not. You will probably need a copyeditor or even a development editor. You will be able to obtain some advice from the website of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

If you need help in providing an index you should be able to find a suitable candidate through the Society of Indexers.

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