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Careful proofreading is essential to ensure that a book is accurate and consistent. Every book that goes through a publisher is professionally proofread at least once, and authors who want to succeed need to pay the same attention to quality. Your Aunt Margery may be great at spotting typos in the newspaper, but she's a long way off being at the level of a trained proofreader. Working with a professional proofreader gives you peace of mind that you haven't missed any 'embarrasing mitakes' in your book.
The Book Specialist proofreads for authors and publishers in both UK English and US English. All editors who proofread for the Book Specialist are trained, experienced and reliable proofreaders. We proofreaders are eagle-eyed, we're sticklers for consistency and we can sniff a misplaced apostrophe at 20 paces.
WHY HIRE A BOOK PROOFREADER? First things first: every author needs a book proofreader. No matter how many times you've read and re-read your book, we can guarantee you've missed mistakes because:
• You're too close to the material: Strange but true – when you're very familiar with material, you get blind spots. You know what's there, so your eye fails to read exactly what's on the page and you miss errors. A proofreader has fresh (and trained) eyes.
Working with a book proofreader is an essential part of the book-writing process. Typos, grammar slips and inconsistencies are extremely off-putting, and they undermine your image as a talented, professional author. If you're serious about your book (ebook or print, self-published or traditionally published), you need to take book proofreading seriously too.
WHERE PROOFREADING SITS IN THE PROCESSThe basic process in a publishing house works as follows: Book critique / development edit > Copy-edit > Proofread. Sometimes the process includes several rounds of each stage.
Proofreading is the very last stage in the editorial process – the final check-through before the text is published. In a publishing house, the proofreader checks the book after it has been copy-edited and laid out, to catch the odd few mistakes that have slipped through the net or been introduced by the typesetter. So the book should already be in great shape when it lands on the proofreader's desk. The Book Specialist proofreading service is therefore designed for books that are close to a publishable standard. Some authors naturally write at this level, but most need to commission a copy-editing service first to tidy up the text. For more information on putting together an editorial package to suit you, see the Packages page.
HOW A BOOK PROOFREADER WORKS
The book proofreader looks at two areas as they read:
• Accuracy: A proofreader corrects errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar, catching misspellings, spotting that misplaced apostrophe and sorting dodgy verb agreements.
The proofreader usually works in Microsoft Word, marking up the manuscript using the Track Changes feature. By arrangement, the proofreader can also work with paper proofs, or on a PDF document.
Please note: Proofreading does not involve improving the writing style in any way, so the proofreader will not edit the writing. That's the job of a copy editor. In addition, The Book Specialist proofreading service does not involve working on formatting beyond the basics (we're editors, not designers).
PROOFREADING SAMPLE To get a feel for how a Book Specialist proofreader works, please view this proofreading example (note that this is an exaggerated example; were there this many mistakes in an author's text we'd cost the required work as copy-editing).
BOOK PROOFREADING TERMS
Proofreading usually costs £6 per 1,000 words ($10). Standard turnaround ranges from one to three weeks, depending on the length of the material. We offer an express service, for an increased fee, if required.