Proofreading is an undervalued stage of the editing process but can make all the difference to the Business Plan, Developing Websites, Thesis, Dissertation, Novel or any other submitted or published work. Proof reading is not editing, it concentrates on spelling, grammar, presentation and sense. A proof reader will not tell you, ‘I don’t think that character would do that’, but their eye for detail leads to consistency of tone, excellent presentation and a sense that you really care about your work, whoever your target audience might be.
Our proofreader trained with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and can work on galley proofs, manuscript proofs, or electronically, using the review toolbar. Files must be provided in a Word-compatible format and work is undertaken in a high-concentration, short blast format. This means that a 100,000 PhD thesis can be proof read in a week, for example. Jane specialises in academic work, but has also worked on travelogues, murder novels, commemorative publications and poetry. Further, Jane can offer a full bibliography check; again, Jane specialises in Harvard, but can work with any referencing system. It should be noted that a full bibliography check is a very time-consuming process and will considerably increase your bill but could be the difference between an unconditional pass and a pass with minor corrections at PhD level, for example.
For reference, Jane can proofread between 6,000 and 7,500 words per hour (£35 per hour), suggesting an undergraduate thesis would cost between £40 and £60, and a full 100,000 word PhD would cost £450 to £600. The only subjects she is unable to proofread are the ‘pure sciences’, mathematics and programming based IT projects.