After the editing phase is completed, it’s time to hunt down the remaining errors.

Proofreading vs Editing

Have you ever been reading a book, and 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 a professional editor, ideally more than once. It is the final stage before formatting and publication, and it is usually best to go through more than one round of proofreading.

While each author’s skill level is unique, most manuscripts that have not been professionally edited will not be accepted for this service. 

Proofreading Team

Since editing is my primary focus, and since it is not recommended that I proofread manuscripts that I edit, I no longer proofread fiction. I currently have five proofreaders on staff, which enables me to provide both editing and proofreading services while ensuring a fresh set of eyes each service.
 
To read more about my proofreading team, please see the “Meet My Team” section on the About Pikko’s House page.
 

Rates and Services

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

Standard Proofreading – Starting at $0.006 per word, my Standard Proofreading service includes one pass.

Premium Proofreading – Starting at $0.011 per word, my Premium Proofreading service includes two passes by two separate people.

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

Premium Proofreading via Pikko’s House is not considered an acceptable alternative to editing, and work will be stopped if too many errors are spotted. 

Proofreading Delivery

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

  • A Microsoft Word document with Track Changes markup, checked and verified by the proofreader and by me.
Should you opt for the premium service, payment will be invoiced in two stages and the manuscript is sent back to the client for review before the second round begins.
 

strongly recommend you turn in the complete manuscript for proofreading, including things such as copyright, 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

Please note that while we make every effort to maintain a high catch rate of 95%, more than one round of proofreading is recommended, depending on your budget. 

Base Estimate

Quick Overview

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

Grammar Errors

Errors that need simple fixes will be noted.

Misspelled Words

Checks for incorrectly spelled words and those pesky homonyms.

Punctuation Errors

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

Formatting Issues

Addresses consistency with special characters and other formatting issues.

Secondary Focus

My proofreading services may include the following but are not the primary focus:

Editing Suggestions

A small number of suggestions or comments may be made.

Opinions

If a particular sentence or phrase stands out in a bad way, it may be noted.

Plot/Continuity Errors

If a glaring error is spotted, it may be noted.

Ready to Get Started?

Whether you're confident that I'm the right person to trust with your book or you have additional questions, contact me to discuss your project needs.

Ready to Get Started?

Whether you're confident that I'm the right person to trust with your book or you have additional questions, contact me to discuss your project needs.

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Beta Reading | Manuscript CritiqueDevelopmental Editing | Line Editing | Copy EditingProofreading 

View Add-On Services:

Ebook Formatting | Book Interior Design | ARC Distribution

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