If your book is almost ready for publication but needs a fresh pair of eyes to spot the little things, let us help you with the final stages of polishing your manuscript.

Proofreading vs Editing

Have you ever been reading a book when you spot a tiny little error? Maybe the sentence is missing an ‘a’ or has an ‘it’ when it should be an ‘if.’ That’s what a proofreader must be able to spot—the little things that editors miss when focusing on bigger issues such as style, sentence structure, flow, and dialogue.

A proofreading is not something that should be done instead of editing. A manuscript that is submitted for proofreading should already have gone through an editor, ideally more than once. It is the final stage before formatting and publication, and sometimes it may be best to go through more than one round of proofreading.

Please note that proofreading will not be done in lieu of editing. While each author’s skill level is unique, most manuscripts that have not been professionally edited will not be accepted for this service. 

Proofreaders At Pikko’s House

Since editing is my primary focus, and it is not recommended that I proofread manuscripts that I edit, I no longer proofread fiction. I currently have four proofreaders on staff, which enables me to provide both editing and proofreading services while ensuring a fresh set of eyes for both services.

My proofreaders are:

Carla Pinilla – While Carla is a scientist first, holding a Master’s Degree in Polymer Science, she possesses a pair of eagle eyes that enables her to catch the little things. I’ve known Carla since 2012, and we have worked together on a daily basis almost since the day we met in The Hunger Games fandom.

Lisa Gilliam – Lisa has worked in various fields, including IT and accounting, but her true passion has always been words. Between fiction and non-fiction, she has over a decade of experience in editing and proofreading. Lisa lives in a small town just outside Detroit with her two dogs and an embarrassing number of cats.

Cheryl Murphy Lowrance

Sarah Grace Liu

Proofreading Services

Proofreading services cover misspelled words, incorrect words, punctuation errors, grammar errors, and formatting issues.

Standard Proofreading Starting at $0.005 per word, our Standard Proofreading service includes one pass.

Premium Proofreading – Starting at $0.009 per word, our Premium Proofreading service includes two passes by two separate people.

Nonfiction Proofing – Rates for nonfiction projects start at the same rates as above unless the proofreading must be done on a PDF, in which case an hourly rate of $35/hr will apply.

What Is Provided With Proofreading

Should you hire us to proofread your manuscript, we will provide you with the following:

  • Word document with Track Changes on OR
  • List of errors with recommended corrections.

It is highly recommended that you turn in a complete manuscript for proofreading, including things such as front matter, dedications, introductions, notes, prologues, indexes, glossaries, appendixes, thank yous, and acknowledgments.

Types of projects accepted for proofreading:

  • Short stories
  • Novellettes
  • Novellas
  • Novels
  • Nonfiction books
  • Catalogs

We currently have immediate availability for proofreading projects.

Ready to get started?

If you’ve read through this service page and are ready to see if we’d be a great fit together, please feel free to request a quote!

Curious about my booking process? Watch the video below.

View other service pages:

Beta Reading | Proofreading | Developmental Editing | Line Editing


Proofreading starts at $0.005 per word with a minimum of $10 per project.

Quick Overview

Here’s the short version of what our proofreading service includes:


Misspelled words

Sometimes it’s so easy to slip and spell something wrong, like vacuum or broccoli or accommodate. We’ll help you fix them!


Incorrect words

We’ll help you spot incorrect usages such as an ‘if’ instead of an ‘it’ or a ‘they’ instead of a ‘them.’


Punctuation errors

Including but not limited to: missing commas, periods, or quotation marks.


Grammar errors

Grammar errors that only need simple fixes will be noted.


Formatting issues

Using a special character or symbol? We’ll let you know if it shows up as gibberish on our end.

Not Included

Our proofreading services do not include the following:


Editing suggestions






Plot/continuity errors


Should you be interested in any of these services, please review my Developmental and Line Editing services.

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