Proofreading Services

Flawless Writing for Imperfect People

What Kind of Written Content Can You Send for Proofreading?

Well, just about any kind. Below is a list of the types of content I read most often:

  • Ads
  • Articles for magazines and newsletters
  • Blogs, blog posts, and pages
  • Email content
  • eBooks
  • Essays
  • Letters
  • Resumes
  • And more (Let’s talk)

Subjects I Love to Read About

As a health-minded DIYer who’s lived in the countryside for many years and taught home education for 16 years, I have a special place in my heart for helping writers who also enjoy these topics. If that's you, then let's work together. I will be delighted to proofread any of your written content, which includes checking your graphical images and captions. Here’s a sample list of topics I read and write about regularly:

  • Animals
  • Blogging
  • Country living
  • DIY
  • Healthy Living (food, fitness, family, faith)
  • Home and garden
  • Homestead life
  • Homeschooling/home education
  • Parenting
  • Outdoor living
  • Self-employment
  • Writing
  • Working from home

I Read Your Content Four Times

Every piece of content I proofread is read

  1. On paper
  2. On screen
  3. Aloud
  4. Backward (Starting from the end and reading toward the beginning.)

Each and every word you write is carefully read for:

  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Formatting
  • And style (The Chicago Manual of Style, usually.)

If I find extra spaces or duplicated words (e.g., the the), I’ll call them out in comments inside the document. If you accidentally omit a word, I’ll let you know in the nicest way possible. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes.

I’ll return your documents with suggested corrections and comments. You may choose to receive a "flattened" version (with all changes incorporated) or a marked-up version (so you can accept or not any edits). Either way, it’s entirely up to you whether you incorporate any or all of the suggested changes. After all, the content is yours, not mine.

How I Do It

No matter the length of your document, I will always print, proofread, and mark-up a paper copy of your written work. Antiquated? Maybe. But, the truth is our brains process digital content differently than words on a printed page. Therefore, I will always proofread a hard copy and a digital version of your work.

The most common means for marking up electronic files is to use one of the following:

  • Google Docs Comments
  • A PDF Markup App
  • Microsoft Word Track Changes. If you prefer Microsoft Word’s Track Changes, please let me know
  • If you’re an Apple user, please let me know

How Much Do Proofreading Services Cost?

Basic Proofreading $.011 per word or approximately $3 per manuscript page* 

(Includes checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, style guide, omitted words, word usage, and general formatting.)

*New clients receive your first 300 words free one time.

Fact Checking and/or Research: $35 hour

Anything else is negotiated

How Long Does It Take to Proofread Content?

It depends on the project and the length of the content. Below are guidelines to give you an idea:

>1000 words - 2 business days

1000-3000 - 4 business days

3000-5000 - 6 business days

<5000 - Let’s talk about it

Rush jobs (with applicable fees) are possible, but not recommended. We’d rather read your content thoroughly instead of quickly.

How To Get Started

  1. Read the Terms & Conditions.
  2. Complete the project questionnaire.
  3. I’ll contact you once I’ve read your answers to the questionnaire.
  4. You’ll sign a contract and statement of work (which spells out agreed to rates and deadlines), then send it back to me.
  5. You’ll send your electronic file(s) to me.
  6. I’ll quickly review your file(s) to make sure I can open them and everything you need proofread is included. I might have more questions for you at this point.
  7. I proofread your content four times using a nine-step process.
  8. I return a marked-up version of your file(s) to you.
  9. Full payment is due once you receive my proofreader’s comments.
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