Make sure your writing is accessible and free of errors.
A proof-edit offers a more thorough check of your writing. Not only will I check for spelling and grammatical errors, but will also flag any long or ambiguous sentences to ensure your text reads as smoothly as possible.
What Does a Proof-Edit Include?
✓ Consistent style of headings and captions
✓ Correct and consistent use of abbreviations
✓ Cross-checking of figures and tables
✓ Flagging of long or ambiguous sentences
✓ Querying of errors and inconsistencies
✓ Consistency in design of text and image elements
✓ Consistent hyphenation and capitalisation
✓ Pagination and sequencing
✓ Paragraph and section breaks
✓ Removal of extraneous letter and line spaces
✓ Standard and consistent spelling, grammar and punctuation
✓ Standard paragraph indentation
✓ Widows, orphans and short lines
✗ Plot or timeline inconsistencies
✗ Fact/date checking
✗ Point-of-view issues
✗ Developmental or story edits
✗ Advising on the appropriate position of illustrations and tables
✗ Ensuring the writing is appropriate for the intended reader
Authors: please note that, while a proof-edit will catch some plot and timeline inconsistencies, it is NOT a formal line or copy-edit and I therefore will not be specifically looking for these.