For authors

Services for authors

I offer proofreading for authors, whether you’re looking to self-publish, iron out mistakes before sending to a prospective publisher or agent or simply make your work the best it can be. I have experience of working with independent authors on fiction (including short stories), poetry, local history/genealogy and autobiographies.

My proofreading service includes:

  • checking for spelling, grammar, punctuation and typographical errors
  • ensuring consistency of style (e.g. spellings and hyphenation)
  • ensuring consistency of content (e.g. names, dates)
  • checking references and citations
  • correcting confusing or inelegant word breaks
  • correcting ‘widows’ and ‘orphans’ (short last or first lines at the top or bottom of a paragraph, respectively)
  • ensuring illustrations, tables etc. are correctly captioned and correspond with the text
  • checking page numbers, page headings, table of contents.

Ideally your work will have been copy-edited before reaching the proofreading stage. Information on the differences between copy-editing and proofreading is available on the SfEP’s website.

If you’re unsure about the level of editorial support you need, please contact me.