"A well-built sentence, in the rapidity and force with which it works, may be compared to a modern corn planter, which furrows out, drops the seed, and covers it up at one movement."
― Henry David Thoreau
When to Hire a Proofreader
Proofreading is the last stage of the editing process. Authors hire proofreaders when their manuscript is in its final form and ready for submission or publication. A proofreader's main goal is to perform a thorough quality check and give your manuscript a final polish.
Presenting an error-free manuscript can help not only boost your credibility but also keep the focus where it should be: on your message. Grammar and typographical errors are easy to miss, especially when reviewing your own work. An expert proofreader with years of experience spotting oversights can provide a fresh set of eyes and help make your manuscript shine.
As part of my proofreading service, I check all manuscripts for the following:
If you have any questions about these services, please contact me. Your satisfaction is my priority.
Proofreading services are charged at a flat rate of $0.02 per word for most manuscripts. Manuscripts requiring an exceptionally fast turnaround will be charged at a higher rate, depending on the required timetable. Please contact me to discuss your needs.
Once we have agreed upon the terms of service, you will receive the following within your desired time frame:
Submit 500 words from your manuscript via the SUBMIT button at the top of the page for a free sample proof. You will receive your free sample proof within three business days.
Note: Free samples are for book-length manuscripts only (approximately 50,000 words or more). Commas & Misdemeanors reserves the right to reject any sample.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a degree or other credentials?
I have a bachelor's degree in English, with an emphasis on creative writing, from the University of Southern California, where I graduated with honors. I am also a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, American Copy Editors Society, and Editorial Freelancers Association.
Which stylebooks do you have experience with?
Do you proofread British or Canadian English?
Yes. In addition to American English, I have many years of experience with British and Canadian English.
Which file formats can I submit?
How long will it take to proofread my manuscript?
The proofreading process for a standard-length manuscript (50,000 to 100,000 words) typically takes about two to three weeks, depending on the number of manuscripts I am currently working on. Contact me using the form below, and we can discuss a time frame that works for you.
How can I ensure my work will be kept confidential?
I never use or share clients' work, and I offer a legally binding nondisclosure agreement upon request, ensuring your manuscript is protected.
Do you offer other editorial services?
Yes, I have an extensive background as a copy editor, and I copy edit manuscripts as my schedule allows. My standard rate for copy editing is $0.03 per word. Please contact me if you would like more information.
I am new to the digital world. Can you help me?
Yes, I am happy to answer any questions you may have about working with digital files and the various computer programs. I also accept submissions and payments via regular mail. Please contact me using the form below.
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