Frequently Asked Questions
Let's look at some of the questions that are asked about proofreading and how I may be able to help you.
Can't I just proofread my own work?
Of course you can, but unfortunately, you will be familiar with the work and may miss errors.
Very often we read what we think is there, and not the words that are written down.
I have been trained to look closely at each letter, each punctuation mark and spot where an error may have sneaked in.
What about using family or friends to proofread my work?
Friends and family members may spot spelling mistakes or small errors but do they know the rules of punctuation?
Can they tell you if your manuscript is technically sound, that dialogue is punctuated correctly, or perhaps when to use an en dash instead of a hyphen?
A trained proofreader will look at all of these elements and more.
Are proofreaders expensive?
Paying for a professional proofreader may seem like a costly outlay, but it can be more cost effective in the long run.
Imagine having your book published, and then finding out it contains errors. If people spot these errors, they may decide to stop reading, and may even comment about them in a review. You then have to pay for proofreading and reprinting.
When should I hire a proofreader?
Proofreading is the final step in the route to publishing your manuscript, it's where the final checks are done to be sure that all the essentials like sentence structure, spelling, and syntax are in place. It's never too early to ask a proofreader if they will be available to work on your manuscript and to get an idea of cost involved. Diaries fill up fast. If you think you'll be ready for proofreading within the next few months, contact your chosen proofreader as soon as you can.