Please note that we do not need any proof-readers.
Proof-reading will make sure that your book is completely ready for press.
When the text of your book has been set up in type as pages and is ready to print, the page proofs are proof-read to eliminate any errors. In the past many of these related to typesetting literals, but even if your book has been computer type-set or digitally produced, you should consider having it proof-read to correct any errors and make sure that your finished text is as perfect as you would wish before it goes to the printer.
- Has your book been properly copy edited? It is important to distinguish between the two processes, as the first step should be copy editing to correct the spelling and grammar in your typescript. All manuscripts should be copy edited to make sure that the finished book is not full of errors and this is something that publishers undertake as a matter of course.
- It is only after the copy editing has been done that you should proceed with the typesetting. If there are still many corrections to be made at page proof stage it will be an extremely expensive undertaking.
- If you intend to publish your book yourself (see our Self-publishing service), you, as the publisher, should make sure that it is properly copy edited and we would also suggest that you should consider professional proof-reading. This will check that the corrections made at copy editing stage have been properly incorporated and check the prelims, page layouts, captions and so on.
- Proof-reading is particularly necessary if your copy editor has worked on hard copy or has used the track changes facility (see Copy editing), but less essential if the changes have been made on screen and you have simply read through the copy edited typescript.
- You should also check the proofs yourself, but bear in mind that it is notoriously difficult to spot your own mistakes and proof-reading is a skilled task.
- If your book is to be brought out by a publisher, then the publisher will usually arrange for the copy editing and proof-reading to be done, as part of the processes involved in putting it into production. If you do not yet have a publisher, then you might want to consider having a copy editor go through it to improve its presentation and help your chances. But there's really no need for you to arrange for your book to be proof-read unless you are intending to publish it yourself.
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Our proof-reader will be a professional editor with plenty of experience of proof-reading, which is a specific editorial expertise and is often carried out by freelances.
- The proof-reader will go carefully through the page proofs of your book, marking up any errors for the designer to correct. There shouldn't be any major changes at this stage, but it is surprisingly easy for small errors to creep into the text, particularly if there are a lot of corrections from the copy editing. It is irritating to stumble across these in a printed book and even more irritating when it is YOUR book!
What it costs
Proof-reading is a less demanding task than copy editing, but it still needs hours of careful attention. This is reflected in the fee structure, which is according to the length of the book. We charge £.00335 per word for fiction and £.00385 per word for non-fiction. This means that an 80,000 word novel would cost £.00335 x 80,000 i.e. £268 and an 80,000 non-fiction book would cost £308. You can get your word-processor to work out the number of words in your book.
If your proofs need heavy correction or your book contains technical language and needs specialist proof-reading, we may need to quote you a higher fee. If this is the case we will email you with the revised fee before the proof-reader starts work. You can then agree to go ahead or have any fee already paid refunded.
The fee is payable on placing of the order but we will quote for the fee and tell you when we would complete the work before you give us the go-ahead and make the payment.
We would normally expect to get the proof-read material back to you within three weeks of receipt of the manuscript and your order, but please remember that hours of detailed work are involved. When we send your quote or your email confirmation of the order we will let you know if for any reason the work will take longer than three weeks.
Please send your manuscript as one unzipped Word file, unless it is over 125,000 words, when we recommend splitting it into two files.
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