If you have an already polished manuscript, proofreading is an invaluable step in the editing process that ensures the manuscript you have already put so much care, time, and money into crafting makes it to your readers in the best possible shape.
Even a single duplicate word, missing punctuation mark, or misaligned paragraph can throw a reader out of a story or change their perception of the quality of a book. Proofreading focuses on combing through a manuscript to find the last previously missed errors so that you can present your readers with the cleanest possible book.
Proofreading is for a completed manuscript that has already been edited, and most often, is already formatted for printing or ebook. A proofread is the final reading before going to press (or Kindle).
As long as the text has been previously edited and carefully formatted, there should be few errors found during a proofread. If you think your book still needs some work, please check out my copyediting options.
A proofread is intended as a last line of defense against rogue errors. Because the manuscript is considered essentially finished by the time it is being proofread, proofreading is an extremely careful reading that only corrects the most egregious errors and is not an editing stage in which notable changes are made.
If your text has not been previously edited by a professional editor, you need a copyedit, not a proofread. If you can only afford one low-cost editing option for your manuscript, consider a light copyedit instead.
A proofread includes one reading.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a proofread, don’t hesitate to contact me.