Proofreading

Do you need a proofreader?

First impressions are extremely important, and you usually only get one chance to make a great one. If you are ready to publish, or have already published, your novel and are looking for a pair of eagle eyes to do a final once-over on your manuscript, you’ve come to the right person.

Proofreading is a passion of mine, and I’m very fortunate to have worked with New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors in perfecting their manuscripts. I pride myself in being personable, professional, and providing a thorough line-by-line proofing in a timely and efficient manner. I am only human, but strive for perfection in my work and pay great attention to detail. I am meticulous when it comes to proofreading, and I promise to do my absolute best marking any and all spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, as well as other common mistakes and inconsistencies sometimes easily overlooked in your manuscript. I proofread post-edit and previously published works of fiction. I use the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and other online resources for reference, unless directed otherwise.

New/Potential Clients: I know it’s difficult to trust someone you’ve never worked with before. To ease any doubt you might have about my proofing skills, I offer a five-page complimentary proofread to every author that I haven’t worked with previously. If you are interested in the partial comp and would like to see a sample of my proofreading service, please indicate YES on the proofreading form below and we’ll go from there.

Partial Proofreading Comp offer subject to change without prior notice.

Please Note:

   I only proofread manuscripts that have been completely edited. I reserve the right to return a manuscript if there are editing issues. Please ensure your manuscript has already been completely edited before sending it to me for proofreading.

What does my proofreading service provide?

I’m a meticulous proofreader that will do one thorough line-by-line read-through of your manuscript to look for typographical, grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors, as well as formatting issues and inconsistencies sometimes easily overlooked, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Typos
  • Incorrect/Missing/Extra Words
  • Chapter Header Inaccuracies
  • Inconsistencies
  • Tense Errors

I only proofread post-edit and previously published works of fiction. I accept manuscripts in most genres, however, I have the most experience proofreading romantic fiction, such as contemporary romance, romantic comedy, sports romance, romantic suspense, etc.

I accept manuscripts in the following format:

  • Microsoft Word Document

I use Microsoft Word with Track Changes and comments to mark any errors I may come across in your manuscript. That way it will be easier for you to review any changes you may need to make before publication. No manuscript is one hundred perfect, so I highly encourage you to carefully review the final manuscript before publishing.

*Terms and Conditions

How long does it take?

The time frame to proofread your manuscript will vary depending on the word count and severity of the corrections that need to be marked. Approximate turnaround time is 3-5 days from the date we set for proofreading to begin.

Scheduling: I understand the creative writing process doesn’t always go as planned and can’t be forced. Life happens and sometimes things arise unexpectedly, so I try to be as flexible as I can for authors. Depending on my schedule and availability, I may or may not be able to fit you in right away, but I will try to accommodate your schedule the best that I can.

Submitting Your Manuscript: Please send me the manuscript via email by no later than 10 a.m. EST on your scheduled date. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please notify me at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled date so I have time to rework my schedule.

What is my rate?

My rate is $0.004 USD per word.

Example: $0.004 x 75,000 words = $300

I round to the nearest dollar amount.

Minimum $50 Proofreading Fee

Late Fee: If I fail to receive the manuscript on your scheduled date, a $75 nonrefundable late fee will incur and be applied to your final balance. Please keep in mind that I work on manuscripts in the order I receive them, and I have to give clients that are on time top priority.

I’ve had to instate this policy due to past experience with clients.

All payments are nonrefundable.

Payment/Cancellation Policy

Payments are only accepted via PayPal. Due to PayPal’s policy regarding fees and currency conversion, I ONLY accept authors located in the United States. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Payment: I will send you a PayPal invoice for the total amount, including any applicable late fees, after I receive the manuscript via email on your scheduled date. 100% of your balance is due upon receipt. All payments are nonrefundable. I will start proofreading after I receive payment in full.

Cancellation/Rescheduling: If you need to cancel or reschedule, please notify me at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled date so I have time to move things around. If I fail to receive the manuscript on your scheduled date, a $75 nonrefundable late fee will incur and be applied to your final balance.

Submitting the proofreading form will serve as your agreement with all of the terms and conditions.

Reference

If you use my proofreading service, you agree to acknowledge Julia G. | The Romance Bibliophile as the proofreader on the copyright page in the published book. I would also greatly appreciate a short testimonial that I can use on my website and social media.

Disclaimer

I, Julia G. from The Romance Bibliophile, take every precaution in my work, however, it is the obligation of the author to check and approve all changes I make to his or her manuscript. The ultimate responsibility for the final published manuscript rests solely with the author. I disclaim all liability for any loss, damage, or injury resulting from the use of edited material.

The copyright and all publishing rights to any submitted manuscript will remain the property of the author. Confidentiality is of utmost importance, and an author’s manuscript and personal information will never be shared, copied, or transmitted without the express written consent from the author.

*Terms and Conditions, Rate, Late Fee, Payment/Cancellation Policy, Reference, and the Disclaimer are all subject to change without prior notice.

Testimonials

“Julia has proofread every one of my books, and each time I’m amazed by her attention to detail and professionalism. You won’t find someone with a better eye, or who does a more thorough job than Julia. I can’t stress how highly I recommend her and her services.” – Inda Herwood, Author of YA and NA romances

Do you want to hire me?

Feel free to contact me with questions, check my availability, or if you’re interested in working together and want to schedule your manuscript for proofreading. Please send me an inquiry by submitting the proofreading form below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. All communications between myself and the author will be conducted via email. Thank you so much for considering me as your proofreader, and I look forward to working with you!

– Julia