Proofreading for Self-Publishers

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Initial proof: from £8.15 per 1000 words.

Second ‘peace of mind’ proof: £3.50 per 1000 words.

Proofreading involves checking a manuscript for grammatical mistakes, spelling errors and typos, and it’s usually performed once a manuscript has been Copy Edited. The proofread is about the nitty-gritty or the bare bones of the sentence – the use of capitals, dashes, commas, apostrophes, exclamation marks and full stops and whether, for instance, it should be practice or practise, lie or lay, affect or effect, and so on. I can’t know everything, so I always work with a dictionary and my trusted copy of the Guardian Style guide close to hand.

book-offer-3D-blueUnfortunately, no editor can guarantee that a manuscript will be returned to the author free of mistakes (as much as I’d like to). Traditionally published books are edited numerous times and small mistakes can still crop up in the final print. I also provide a ‘peace of mind’ proof, in which your manuscript will be handed to another editor for a further careful read through. I believe that this is the best way to get a book into the best shape for publication, which is why I’m offering a free ‘peace of mind’ proof for anyone who books a copy editing service plus a proofread. Get in touch for more details.

A note on how I work

Some authors are happy for me to input the changes as I go, while others wish to see and approve every alteration. For the latter, I use Word’s track changes. Below is an example of a manuscript which I proofread using track changes for the author Nick Brown. His novel Dark Coven has since been published and is available to buy from Amazon.

dark-coven01Here is what Nick said about the service I provided:

For my fifth, and future books, I’ve been fortunate enough to secure the services of Danielle Wrate. Her efficient, helpful and forensic skills helped remove the stress from publication. In addition, her interest in the books enabled her to suggest many helpful changes. It is great to have someone to trust my books with, and I can recommend Danielle without hesitation.”

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  • Avatar Sydney Clarence ★★★★★ a year ago
    Danielle is a delight to work with, she was invested in my work and always had the final product in the forefront of her mind. Importantly, she ensured it worthy of being in the public domain. With a keen eye for detail and a professional … More approach she offers a quality service; I frequently find myself recommending her and will continue to do so. What are you waiting for :-D
    Merry Go Round was published under my real name, Sarah Toll, by Wrate's Editing Services in November 2020.
  • Avatar cee rainey ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    I found Danielle about 10 yrs ago I think, when I had the urge to write a novel, its now sitting in a dust pile but the experience was so good I decided to try again with a non fiction book about my experiences as a nanny and how to help … More new mothers. Danielle sifted through screeds of thoughts and rambling sentences and pulled out some thing that made me feel like I knew what I was talking about. But it was missing something on my part, and sat on the study computer till I became a mum myself and was able to bring both sides of childcare to the table, the professional and the novice ! Hence All The Small Things, Everything I picked up as a Nanny and a New Mummy was born ( pun intended ) Between us we filtered through blogs I had written and previous work and brought together a piece of work Im really proud of .
    Danielle found my voice, helped me say what I needed to say, and is still supporting me and helping me with wonderful press on the book, so far I've been in the paper and on the radio promoting it .... with a few more deals up her sleeve to make sure that our work gets to as many Mums as it can.
    I cant recommend this process enough, and the feeling of achievement when you have the book inside you on paper. Danielle is professional and personal , which is what us budding authors need. If youre looking to tell your story , look no further .
  • Avatar Anita Morrish ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I contacted Danielle Wrate by email about a proofread of my novel, Shadow Song. I was impressed by her swift and thorough response, checking that this was indeed the service I needed. The proofread was duly carried out, well within the … More estimated time. I am extremely pleased with it, as it has been carried out carefully and the comments made are constructive and helpful. Thank you.
  • Avatar Marie Keates ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I am so glad I chose Danielle to edit my first novel. It was frightening to hand something I'd worked on so hard and for so long to a stranger, but, from the outset, she was supportive and offered constructive advice. I couldn't … More be more pleased with the work she did for me and will certainly be using her again for book number two.
  • Avatar Terri Boas ★★★★★ a year ago
    I highly recommend Wrate's Editing Services. Danielle helped make my dreams come true.
    Two scoops, not three is my debut novel and with Danielle's professionalism, sensitivity, patience and brilliance we've made it the best
    … More I could have ever imagined.