The Power of Proofreading

As a reader, I hate to see mistakes in books. As a writer, I know how hard it is to find them all in your own writing. Whether you’re ready to submit to agents or are prepping to self-publish, you need a proofreader. Even if you’ve sent your book to beta readers and critique partners, odds are good there are still some stubborn mistakes in there to catch your readers’ eyes.

That’s what I’m here for. I’m not going to read your book for themes, plot, or character development. I’m going to take what you’ve written, what you’ve revised again and again, and polish it to a high sheen before you move on to the next level. To do that, I double-check everything: I read it once, making all the necessary changes, then I read it again. I want to do my absolute best to make sure your book is as error-free as possible.

Here’s what I will do for your manuscript:
Read every letter of every word, including chapter titles, headers, footnotes etc.
Check every punctuation mark to ensure it’s the right mark in the right place.
Correct misspellings and inconsistencies in spellings, such as in names.
Correct capitalization errors.
Correct grammatical errors.
Note missing or repeated words.
Note words or phrases you subconsciously use too often.
If applicable, make sure the Table of Contents is accurate.

I graduated from Truman State University with a BA in English and a minor in Journalism and have worked as a newspaper copy editor. I am a freelance proofreader who has worked on a variety of projects. I will professionally proofread your manuscript regardless of genre. You can see a list of some of my past clients here.

I am also a reader, and a writer with an in-process memoir manuscript. My blog features my own writing struggles, as well as my adventures with knitting, my two children, and my two rescue dogs. You can visit my blog at http://www.bonnyknits.com.

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