If your book is riddled with typos and other errors, you’re not going to be taken seriously.

Sounds harsh, but it’s true. And after all the work you’ve put into your masterpiece, you really need to be taken seriously.

That’s where proofreading comes in—and it’s one of my strongest skills.

During proofreading, I identify errors in spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, consistency, and grammar. This is not the time when sentence structure and logical flow of ideas are fixed; that happens during editing.

Proofreading is the very last step in production of a printed piece, but that doesn’t mean it’s the least important. Proofreading of a typeset book or article ensures that as many errors as possible have been corrected.

 

icon proofrdgHow It Works

During a proofread, I read the piece, checking things like page numbers and running headers as well as correcting any errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It’s usually a good idea to have more than one proofreader; proofreading is an inexact science, because the human eye sees what it expects to see. You’ll boost the chances of a perfect product if you have several sets of eyes checking it out.

You should not be one of those.

Why? You created the piece. No matter how many times you check it, errors will inevitably slip through because you see what you intended or what you expect. Your proofreader should come at the job with a fresh set of eyes.

 

icon proofrdgWhat It Will Cost

For fiction manuscripts, I charge $.006 per word for a proofread. For nonfiction manuscripts, I charge $.008 to $.012 per word, depending on the complexity of the material.

If you have questions or are ready to get started, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

icon proofrdgWhy We Need Proofreaders

Still need some convincing that a proofread is necessary? Take a look at these real-life examples of people who didn’t use—but definitely should have used—a proofreader.

Writer

"Kathy writes compellingly and swiftly, has an eye for detail, and possesses an uncanny sense for how to shape a story to make it pulsate with energy."
 —Taylor Halverson

Editor

"Kathy Jenkins has honed her editing skills with such precision and excellence that today she is viewed by many (including me) as the best editor on the planet. No matter how many times I have read and reworked a manuscript, Kathy improves my writing with meticulous care and good will."
 —Susan Easton Black

Mentor

"Kathy has been so helpful to me in bringing my manuscripts to fruition, encouraging me to work diligently on my writing craft. She makes every author better in every way."
 —Ed J. Pinegar

Consultant

"Kathy brings life in her writing, wisdom in her editing, and experience in her consulting; she has made me a better and more confident author."
 —Ganel-Lyn Condie