For the indie author on a budget.

Self-Publishing on a Minimal Budget

As a freelance editor for independent fiction authors, I network with a lot of indie authors on social media, and I know that being an indie author can be tough. While I am an ardent supporter of authors employing editors and other publishing professionals to put forth a polished work, I understand that some services become luxuries rather than necessities, and one of those is proofreading. Sometimes the only alternative is to ask friends, family, beta readers, and coworkers to help hunt down lingering errors.

And while time and effort given out of friendship or love is priceless, you can’t expect Aunt Jane to know the Chicago Manual of Style. And despite his best intentions, Alan over in Accounting, who reads oodles of books every year, could be throwing in errors based on spelling he’s seen on Facebook. So how do you make sure your friends aren’t erasing the work of your editor and wasting your money?

What is ProofCheck?

ProofCheck is the only hourly service I offer at Pikko’s House. For $40 per hour, I will review a manuscript’s Track Changes markup for accuracy, helping you ensure that the errors found are indeed errors. The minimum fee for this service is $15 (15 minutes with $5 admin fee).

Types of manuscripts accepted for ProofCheck:

  • Short stories
  • Novellettes
  • Novellas
  • Novels
  • Non-fiction

It’s important to note that ProofCheck is not the same thing as proofreading. I will only be reviewing markup in Microsoft Word. Also important to mention is that ProofCheck is named as such because it’s meant to check proofreading markup, not editing markup. Out of professional courtesy to other freelancers, I will not accept manuscripts with editing markup.

If you are uncertain about the quality of work provided by a previous editor, I prefer you inquire about editing services and request a complimentary editing sample.

ProofCheck Options

Should you hire me to ProofCheck your manuscript, I can provide you with the following options:

  • Clean Microsoft Word copy of your manuscript with all Track Changes markup accepted, rejected, or queried.
  • Microsoft Word copy of your manuscript with Track Changes markup reviewed with comments.
  • Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF list of markup reviewed with comments.

Before a ProofCheck project begins, I will ask which option you prefer. The last two options will be more time consuming.


When you get people to actually help you proofread your book, the last thing you want to do is offend anyone who offered you their free time. ProofCheck projects will not be added to my portfolio and testimonials on the service will not be requested. (But they will be accepted if offered!)

Ready to get started?

If you’ve read through my services page and are ready to see if this is the right service for you, please feel free to inquire about my availability and book a session today!

View other service pages:

Beta Reading | Proofreading | ProofCheck | Developmental Editing | Line Editing


ProofCheck is billed at $40 per hour with a minimum of $10 per project. A $5 admin fee is added on all projects of 30 minutes or less.

Quick Overview

Here’s the short version of what my ProofCheck service reviews:



Is it cat’s or cats’? Three-year-old girl or three year-old girl? I will review proper punctuation usage.


I will check spelling queries with Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Basic Grammar

I will check basic grammar markup such as comma or semicolon usage.


They’re, their, or there? I’ll check to make sure you’re using the right word.

Not Included

My ProofCheck service does not review or provide the following:


Editing suggestions


Additional proofreading


Story opinion


Fact checking

Should you be interested in any of the above, please review my other editing services.

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