After the editing phase is completed, it’s time to hunt down the remaining errors.
Proofreading vs Editing
Have you ever been reading a book, and you spot a tiny little error? Maybe the sentence is missing an “a” or has an “it” when it should be an “if.” That’s what a proofreader must be able to spot—the little things that editors miss when focusing on bigger issues such as style, sentence structure, flow, and dialogue.
A proofreading is not something that should be done instead of editing. A manuscript that is submitted for proofreading should already have gone through a professional editor, ideally more than once. It is the final stage before formatting and publication, and it is usually best to go through more than one round of proofreading.
While each author’s skill level is unique, most manuscripts that have not been professionally edited will not be accepted for this service.
Rates and Services
Proofreading services cover misspelled words, incorrect words, punctuation errors, grammar errors, and formatting issues.
Standard Proofreading – Starting at $0.006 per word, my Standard Proofreading service includes one pass.
Premium Proofreading – Starting at $0.011 per word, my Premium Proofreading service includes two passes by two separate people.
Nonfiction Proofreading – Rates for nonfiction projects start at the same rates as above unless the proofreading must be done on a PDF, in which case a rate of $35 per hour will apply.
Premium Proofreading via Pikko’s House is not considered an acceptable alternative to editing, and work will be stopped if too many errors are spotted.
Should you hire us to proofread your manuscript, we will provide you with the following:
- A Microsoft Word document with Track Changes markup, checked and verified by the proofreader and by me.
I strongly recommend you turn in the complete manuscript for proofreading, including things such as copyright, dedications, introductions, notes, prologues, indexes, glossaries, appendixes, thank-yous, and acknowledgments.
Types of projects accepted for proofreading:
- Short stories
- Nonfiction books
Please note that while we make every effort to maintain a high catch rate of 95%, more than one round of proofreading is recommended, depending on your budget.
To get an idea of what the starting rate of your project will be, please use this calculator for a quick estimate. PLEASE NOTE: This calculator does NOT replace a quote by me. Projects are quoted based on writing samples.
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Here’s the short version of what my proofreading service includes:
Errors that need simple fixes will be noted.
Checks for incorrectly spelled words and those pesky homonyms.
Including but not limited to: missing commas, periods, or quotation marks.
Addresses consistency with special characters and other formatting issues.
My proofreading services may include the following but are not the primary focus:
A small number of suggestions or comments may be made.
If a particular sentence or phrase stands out in a bad way, it may be noted.
If a glaring error is spotted, it may be noted.