What is Proofreading?

In essence, when proofreading a book, 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 various editing stages during the publication process of a book, proofreading is the last editorial 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 Does Jessica 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 Does Jessica Charge for Proofreading?

I currently charge $0.004 per word for proofreading. The simple way to calculate your manuscript for an estimate is to take your total word count and multiply by $0.004.

For example, if your book is 80,000 words long, you would multiply 80,000 x 0.004 = $320.

How Long Does It Take Jessica to Proofread a Project?

Depending on length, I can complete a project within 3-5 days from the receipt of the project.

How Does Jessica Accept Payment?

All payments are accepted via Paypal. However, alternative arrangements via another service, check, or money order can be made.

A deposit of 50% of the total fee is required at the scheduling of the project; for example, if your total fee is $250, you will be invoiced for $125 at the time of scheduling.

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.

If you have paid a 50% deposit and cancel no less than one week prior to the scheduled start of the project, half of the deposit will be returned to you. For example, if you paid a $125 deposit for your book and cancel the project seven days or more before the project is scheduled to start, you will be refunded $62.50. This is to compensate for the time allotted to your book in which other projects could have been scheduled.

If you cancel your scheduled work with less than a week before the scheduled start remaining, you will forfeit the entire 50% deposit as a cancellation fee.

If you postpone/reschedule, no additional deposit will be required, and any deposit monies paid at that point will count toward the total fee due at the end of the project.

How Do I Reserve a Spot on Jessica’s Schedule for Proofreading?

Simply fill out the form under the “contact” option at the top of the screen, and I will be in touch with you via email ASAP to get everything set up!