Proofreading

Catch errors before the outside world sees them – with my freelance proofreading service

We’ve all been there. It’s that gut-wrenching moment when you realise you’ve printed a brochure with a typo in a headline, sent an email to a CEO with a mistake in a critical figure – even published a blog post with the last line missing from the page.

When it happens, it’s not just embarrassing for you. It can also hurt your organisation’s reputation – and there could be a financial cost, too.

So how do you reduce the risk of costly copywriting errors? The answer is to use a proofreader – someone who can cast a second eye over the copy you send out, and catch errors before they reach the outside world.

The good news: I offer a freelance proofreading service targeted at marketers – to help you get full value from your investment in content.

Why use this service?

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The value of freelance proofreading

What’s the value of freelance proofreading? Well, think about it this way.

You’ve commissioned a consultant to write a report for your business. Before it’s signed off, that copy may or may not go via a subject expert, a marketer (or two), a manager (or two), a designer (or two), and perhaps a few other senior people besides.

It’s probably also had an automated spell-check and grammar check, in Word or in Grammarly, several times.

So am I seriously saying that, in this agile, flexible, technology-led world, a freelance proofreader needs to see it as well – adding even more time to sign-off?

To answer that question, let me ask a question of my own. How many people, in that long list of people who see your copy, are editorial professionals?

If the answer is “no one”, that’s potentially a concern.

If you care about reducing the risk of errors in a report or website, it’s worth asking an editorial professional to come in and proofread it after the last on-page amendments have been made.

That “final pair of eyes” is your freelance proofreader.

The value of proofreading is in having someone who hasn’t been involved in a project to provide a fresh, external view – and alert you to content issues that an automated check can’t spot.

And remember: proofreaders often find editorial issues not only in copy – but also in the numbers, tables and diagrams that accompany it.

So to commission me to proofread your report, brochure or website, please get in touch. I’ll come back to you with a proposal and a price.

How much will this cost?

Copywriting and editing are bespoke services, so I quote individually for all projects. That said, here are some sample prices to help you plan your budget:

Proofreading your report
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Proofreading your website
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Bespoke proofreading
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All prices are indicative. For copywriting services, price includes first draft in Word, plus unlimited revisions within 15 days of first draft, within scope of original brief. No travel is included. Subject to terms.