Proofreading: A Necessary Evil

What Is Proofreading?

Proofreading involves reading your manuscript (or a portion of your manuscript) and providing corrections, including (but not limited to):

  • service-spotlight.fwgrammar
  • proper word usage
  • syntax
  • spelling
  • proper sentence structure
  • punctuation
  • typographical errors

Why You Need Proofreading?

Proofreading is essential. A well edited manuscript is professional. If you intend to be a published author, making your writing as error-free as possible is critical. Readers can easily be turned off by typos or incorrect grammar. Editors and agents you query will look for a well-edited manuscript showing. Every website which talks about self-publishing highlights two things to spend money on: a good editor and a good book cover. Present your hard work in the best light possible. Have it proofread.

About Our Proofreader

Our lead copy editor/proofreader is a retired AP English teacher with a Masters in English. Some publishing houses prefer a specific Style of Editing or may have an in-house style. Please be aware there are differences in rules. We use MLA, which can be more formal, though we allow for more informal sentence structure as favored by many publishers of fiction.

How It Works

Submit your manuscript in a Word document. All edits are applied to the manuscript using “Track Changes” in MS Word. As the author, you then choose what edits to incorporate into your manuscript. Copy editing/proofreading is not beta reading. Edits will be limited to grammar/punctuation, and will not include comments on content, flow, plot, etc.

You may choose how many times you want the proofreader to provide edits. Please only request subsequent copy edits after you’ve completed applying previous edits.

You may also choose how much of your manuscript to have edited. For example, you might have the copy editor do a full pass the first time, but only edit the first few chapters the second time.

Our Pricing

  • 1st Pass Edits ($1.50/page)
  • 2nd Pass Edits ($0.75/page)
  • Subsequent Edits ($0.25/page)

*Page count based on double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt font, with standard margins.