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The Methodical Proofreader

Professional Proofreading Service

First impressions matter

When you’ve spent precious time writing a book, journal article, presentation or an important document, you want your readers to have confidence in your work and for it to have the desired impact on them.

What is proofreading?

Proofreading is the final stage of the editing process. A proofreader is someone who is responsible for catching errors that have been missed in the previous stages of editing – think of them as the person who carries out the final quality check to ensure that your writing is polished and ready to publish.

Can’t I just use Spellcheck?

There is so much more to proofreading than just checking spelling – although, don’t get me wrong, correct spelling is mightily important! Also, the problem with ‘Spellcheck’ is that it won’t pick up on words that are spelt correctly but are not the word intended – such as ‘past’ and ‘passed’, or ‘lose’ and ‘loose’. And Spellcheck won’t spot words such as ‘the’ typed twice by mistake, or a missing word, such as ‘is’ or ‘in’.

When you are completely absorbed in your writing it is easy to read what you think is written rather than what is actually written; our brains cleverly switch words around, or add words without us even realising it. A proofreader knows this. We have trained eyes capable of spotting the tiniest of errors and correcting them, so that you, the writer, are free to be creative and not worry about whether your spelling and punctuation are correct!

Publish your work with confidence

Employing a professional proofreader means that you can publish your work with absolute confidence in its professional quality. 

Here are just some of the checks that a proofreader will carry out when proofreading your work:

Layout: this is the overall appearance of your work. We make sure that headings, running heads, page numbers, chapter titles, diagrams, illustrations, footnotes, extracts etc., are where they should be, and that they are clear and consistent.

Spacing: checking that no additional spaces have crept in between words, and that there is consistency with the spacing between lines and after headings.

Consistency of style: this applies to headings, use of capitals, text in bold or italic, ‘ise’ or ‘ize’ spelling (realise/realize), serial commas (comma before ‘and’ in a list), use of single or double quotation marks, lists, tables and their contents, spelling of proper nouns and so on.

Clarity: making sure that the message of the text can be clearly understood by the reader and that your words flow easily. In other words, checking the spelling, grammar and punctuation, and reading for sense and readability to ensure that your phrases are clear and engaging.