When the words have to be perfect, it’s always worthwhile getting another pair of eyes to look over your work.
Hiring a proofreader could be just what you need to ensure that important document or piece of copy is error-free and ready to go.
Many people hire the services of a freelance proofreader or copyeditor. They include:
– Writers, editors and publishing houses who want to ensure their articles and books carry authority
– Authors and self-publishers who don’t want readers distracted by mistakes in their novels or eBooks
– Students who want their academic essays, dissertations, research proposals and funding applications to be successful
– Businesses looking for someone to double-check for potentially costly errors in their adverts, policy handbooks, website content and brochure copy
– Job-seekers eager to make a professional impression with their CV, resume and/or cover letter
What does a proofreader do?
A proofreader will go through your work and check for mistakes that would compromise the quality of your work. Typically these include spelling and grammar errors. They can also check for things like consistency and formatting, for example, UK vs US spelling, capitalisation and favoured uses of punctuation.
The difference between a copyeditor and a proofreader
You might be struggling to put together a document, content for a website or even advertising copy. Perhaps you’re not sure which are the right words to use or you have the loose structure but it just isn’t quite how you want it to be. You might want someone to check it through and refine the wording to make it read more fluidly and better clarify your meaning.
If any of these apply, then you need a copyeditor.
You could also employ a copyeditor to perform a rewrite, which is a more comprehensive form of copyediting. A rewrite is recommended if you have a piece of copy that you want making unique (i.e. for SEO purposes) or if English isn’t your first language and you want someone with a good grasp of the language to improve the flow and accuracy.
As a rule of thumb, proofreading is cheaper than copyediting, and copyediting is cheaper than rewriting. However, it all depends on the word length of the document, the amount of time involved and the number of changes.
Hire me to proofread your words to perfection
Whether you have a web page, feature, academic essay or eBook you want to be proofed, you can hire me as your freelance proofreader. I work for an academic publishing house as well as a commercial copywriter, so you can rest assured you’re getting a quality service.
Contact me now for a free consultation.