Proofreading

Professional proofreading services: providing that final check your documents need

Even the most careful writers miss errors or inconsistencies in their own work. ​No matter how many times we check our own documents, it is easy to skim over things and read what we meant to write, rather than what we actually wrote.

My proofreading service will give you peace of mind. I will use my fresh and professionally trained pair of eyes to give your text a final polish, making sure that it is clear, consistent and accurate.

What my clients say

“Thank you very much for all your work proofreading the reports. Your diligence, initiative and clear and prompt communication is much appreciated.”

– Deputy Headteacher of an independent senior school, April 2019

What my clients say

“Working with Lisa has been both a pleasure and the right decision for our organization, the good coach. A professional through and through, asking the questions that need to be asked and at the same time helping us to work towards compiling a style guide to achieve a level of consistency as we work with multiple international authors. Importantly, I can rely on her to carefully proofread each of our published articles, and provide considered and useful corrections as well as appropriate feedback where needed promptly.”

– Yvonne Thackray, Founder & Director, the good coach, December 2018

What my clients say

“​I know I can rely on her to proofread our newsletter carefully, detecting any issues and providing useful and appropriate feedback where needed promptly.”

– Emma Clarke, NCT Warwickshire Central newsletter editor, February 2017

What do you get?

I can offer you a fresh and professional pair of eyes, trained by the Publishing Training Centre, the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and Plain English Campaign. I will use markup that suits your needs: this most commonly means Track Changes in Word or PDF Comments, but I am also accredited in using the BSI proofreading symbols. If I need to pass editorial decisions back to you, I will do so through clear queries. If applicable, I can work to your style guide and carry out checks against previously edited copy. The level of my intervention is up to you, and isn’t limited to the traditional definition of proofreading. I am more than happy to do some light editing if this is what you need.
What I always check:
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Consistency
  • Clarity
  • General sense
  • Basic layout
Examples of things I proofread:
  • Business reports
  • Marketing materials
  • Blogs and articles
  • Online business materials
  • Guidance documents
  • Research and analysis reports
  • School reports

How much will it cost?

Because each project is different, so is each price.

A straightforward proofread with minor edits might cost £25 an hour, covering around 2,000 words per hour. This is in line with the 2019 minimum rates suggested by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

It might cost more (take longer) if there has been no previous editing, if there are a lot of design checks to undertake, if multiple authors have been involved or if it has been written by a non-native speaker.

There will be a minimum charge of £20 for proofreading short pieces (such as blog articles) up to 1,000 words.

More on proofreading ...

What is proofreading? What does a proofreader do? Find out more about proofreading from the UK’s national body for editorial professionals, the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). 

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