The Methodical Proofreader

Professional Proofreading Service

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.

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 me as the person who carries out the final quality check.

My name is Victoria and I am a professional freelance proofreader. I am an Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and I have qualifications in proofreading from The Publishing Training Centre (PTC) and the CIEP.

My professional training, combined with excellent communication skills and a friendly approach, means you can rest assured that your work is in the best possible hands.

Here are just some of the checks I will carry out when you entrust your work to me: are just some of the checks I will carry out when you entrust you

  • layout: checking the overall appearance of your work; I will make sure that headings, diagrams, illustrations, footnotes etc., including captions and labels, are clear and consistent
  • spacing: checking the spacing between words to make sure no additional spaces have crept in; also line spacing – again, making sure that there is consistency with the spacing between lines and after headings etc.
  • consistency of style: such as spelling of proper nouns, headings, use of capitals, text in bold or italic, use of ‘ise’ or ‘ize’, serial commas (comma before ‘and’ in a list), quotation marks, lists, tables and their contents, etc.
  • spelling
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • clarity: making sure the message of the text can be clearly understood by the reader

I will go through your work methodically and meticulously to ensure that it is polished and ready for publication.

I can proofread against copy or blind using BSI symbols, or on-screen using annotations on a PDF, or track changes in a Word document.

I enjoy proofreading all genres of books; I can also proofread menus, blog posts, presentations, web content – in short, any piece of writing intended for the public domain.

Let's Get In Touch

Do you have a book that’s almost ready for publication?

Does your website content need checking for errors?

If you need someone to proofread your work with the utmost care and attention then you’ve come to the right place!

Get in touch today and I will happily discuss your proofreading needs with you.

Send me a sample of your work so that I can provide you with a quote based on the level of work required and the time it will take to complete.

I look forward to working with you!

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Here’s what a couple of clients have said about me and my proofreading service:

“Victoria’s work as a proofreader is brilliant. She has a good eye for detail and she works well to deadlines. She is very good at communicating, is always flexible and offers a friendly and personal service. We have used Victoria for a couple of projects now and would definitely work with her again.”

Rozie Apps, Permanent Publications.

“I just wanted to let you know that it’s been great working with you. I did appreciate so much your creativity, your great sense of detail, the accuracy and conciseness of your comments to improve the manuscript, and your knowledge and understanding of my play. I would recommend you without hesitation for further jobs.” 

Sylvie Gral, playwright.