As for punctuation, it’s the single big argument issue when we’re editing a book. The editor always wants to stick to a house style. I feel that punctuation is simply like the flats and sharps on a musical score, that punctuation has to do with the ear. The editors feel that it has to do with the rule book. So we always fight over that. I win. The buck stops with the author. The author is the one who is accountable, not the editor. So I don’t want to be accountable for punctuation that I don’t like. — Margaret Atwood, The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing
My main focus is to give authors going the self-publishing route a more affordable proofreading option but, of course, I won’t turn away traditionally published authors, publishing houses, businesses, students, etc.
I should be able to accept the majority of work that you need proofread, so long as it isn’t too specialist a subject (there’s no point in me proofreading a law or medical journal if I don’t know what half the words are!), but here is a handful of examples of what I can accept:
- Novels and short stories
- Select non-fiction
- College/university work
- Website content
- Brochures, press releases, and other customer-facing or internal business material
- Blank cheques
If you can provide proof that your book has been professionally copy-edited, I can offer a lower price for my proofreading service.
I have been writing since childhood and have three novels and two short stories out there, so I know from a writer’s perspective how unpleasant it can be to give your work to someone else, knowing they’ll be casting such a critical eye over it and, worse still, making alterations. Thanks to this perspective, I can do my job without affecting your voice, rhythm, or anything that makes the work uniquely yours.
To find out more about proofreading directly from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, click on the logo below. Otherwise, click ‘What is Proofreading’…obviously.