Frequently Asked Questions
1. What can you proofread?
Just about anything that can be published or sent to someone can be proofread!
Personal examples: letters, holiday cards, resumes and cover letters, important emails
Business examples: memos, reports, presentations, websites
Literature examples: creative writing, short stories, blog posts, articles
If you aren't sure if I can work on your project, send me an email and ask.
2. Do you edit as well?
I do offer copy editing services in addition to my proofreading service. For more information, visit the Services page.
3. Can't I proofread my own work or use an automated service?
Sure, you can proofread yourself or try employing an automated proofreading service. However, just as we are often our own worst critics, we are also often our own worst proofreaders. It is difficult to spot errors in your own work because you already know what you want it to sound like and what it should say! An automated service on the other hand might catch basic spelling and grammar mistakes, but it takes a pair of human eyes to ensure the words flow effectively and catch the more nuanced mistakes that often fly under the radar.
4. How will I know that you will do what I want?
Before I begin working on your project, we will discuss what concerns you have with your work that you think I should pay extra attention to. When I send your document back to you, you will see each of the changes I made and be able to approve or reject them accordingly. If you have concerns or questions about the work I've done, let me know and I will offer one revision included in your fee. As with most things, it's all about communication!
5. How much are your services?
The price of proofreading depends on the length of the project, the deadline, how technical the text is, and other factors. Contact me for a custom quote!
I will invoice you for half of the total fee before I begin working on the project, and I will invoice you for the remaining balance once you receive the finished product.
6. How do I send you my document? How will I get it back?
You can email me your project in either a Microsoft Word document or a Google Doc. I am comfortable working with either one.
When I send you the finished product, you will receive two documents: an edited version showing you each edit and comment I have made, plus a final edited version with all of those changes made in the text. I use the Track Changes feature in both Word and Google Docs so that you can easily see each change I have proposed as well as any comments I have made. You can go through your document and approve/reject the changes as you see fit, or you can simply use the final version with the changes already implemented.
7. I have a different question.
Contact me and let's talk!