Manuscript Proofreading

What is Proofreading?

In essence, proofreading is when the proofreader double-checks the text for errors, both typographical and the most egregious of basic grammatical, along with problems with typesetting and formatting.

In the editing stages during the publication process of a book, proofreading is the last stage a book goes through before going to press. This is not the time to worry about sentence structure and finer grammatical points; it is strictly a last pass for glaring errors in the text to clean up anything missed by previous rounds of editing.

What Types of Books Do I Proofread?

Generally, I will proofread any book that can be fit into my schedule. I enjoy proofreading as an opportunity to help the client get that final coat of polish on the book before it is released. I will (and have) proofread both fiction and nonfiction in a wide variety of genres, including romance of all types, horror, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, speculative fiction, thrillers, suspense, cozy mysteries, memoirs, self help, history, and more.

How Much Do I Charge for Proofreading?

I currently charge $0.004/word for proofreading. The simple way to calculate an estimate cost for your manuscript is to take your total word count and multiply by $0.004. For example, for an 80,000-word manuscript:

80,000 x 0.004 = $320.

How Long Does It Take Me to Proofread a Manuscript?

Depending on the project’s length, I can typically complete a proofreading of a manuscript within 3-5 days from the receipt of the project.

How Do I Accept Payment?

I send invoices via Zoho Books. Thanks to their setup, I am able to accept Paypal and all major credit and debit cards. I also accept payment via Zelle bank transfer, and in addition, I can accept payments via check or money order on special request.

Unless the client is utilizing a monthly payment plan, a deposit of 50% of the total fee is required at the start of the project. For example, if your total fee is $1,000, you will be invoiced $500 at the beginning of the project.

The second half of the project fee is due at the completion of the project, prior to the project being returned to the client.

Once the project is completed, payment is due no later than the last day of the month in which the project is completed. If you fail to pay by the last day of the month, you will be charged a $25 late fee at the beginning of the next month, and another $25 for every month that the invoice fails to be paid. (An exception to this exists if the completion date falls within the last week of the month. In this case, a late fee would not apply until the end of the following month.)

How Do Clients Reserve a Spot on My Schedule for Proofreading?

Simply fill out the form on the contact page, and I will be in touch with you via email ASAP to get everything set up!