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 errors that need attending to. The best thing to do is to email me at the address below, or contact me 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.