When copy-editing, I will:

  • Correct errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and usage
  • Check for clarity of the text, suggesting improvements as required
  • Check for repetition i.e. overuse of certain words or phrases, and suggest alternatives
  • Highlight any inconsistencies of plot and characters in works of fiction
  • Flag up events or actions that seem implausible
  • Make sure the timeline of events is logical
  • Check paragraph indentation
  • Change straight quote marks to curly
  • Produce a style sheet that your proofreader can later refer to

When proofreading, I will:

  • Check for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Check for clarity in the text, flagging up anything that could confuse the reader
  • Look for any inconsistencies in layout, e.g. fonts and paragraph styles
  • Check for consistency in spelling and hyphenation, using a style guide if one has been supplied
  • Check cross-references, chapter headings and page numbering
  • Check paragraph indentation
  • Change straight quote marks to curly
  • Remove double spaces


The cost…

My charges will be determined by the complexity of the work, the word count and how much needs to be done, especially if there are a lot of spelling/grammar errors that need attending to. The best thing to do is to contact me either via the simple form on the home page or through Twitter. We can then start a conversation and I’ll provide you with a no-obligation quote. I will ask for a sample of the text, and either copy-edit or proofread a section so you can see what I’ll do for you and what’s involved. (That bit is free, by the way.)

And when I have copy-edited or proofread your text, I am happy for you to get in touch if there is anything you are unsure about. This is very much a collaboration, and I want you to be proud of what you’ve created.