Textscape

proofreading services

I'm Natalie, and I'm a fully qualified proofreader.

I can help you to make sure your copy is the best that it can be, whether you are a business, a publisher or an author.

Services offered

As a proofreader, I act as the last sanity check before your words go to print/online. It's my job to check for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.

I look for inconsistencies in style and content. I make sure all the pages, tables, graphs, pictures etc. are all there, in the right places and correctly numbered or referenced. And finally, I check that any changes made by a copy editor (if used) have been made.

I am happy to work in all subject areas, either on screen or on paper. For publishers or typesetters, I can use BSI proofreading symbols, blind or against copy.

I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and abide by their code of practice.

I am not a copy editor. If you're not sure whether you need a proofreader or a copy editor, the SfEP provides a good explanation of the distinction between the two.

Experience

I've worked in communications in one form or another – from event management to marketing, PR to analyst relations – all my working life. All of these roles had one common thread of getting the right message across in the most appropriate way. Key to this is accuracy.

Recent proofreading work

Patient information leaflets for a major regional NHS Trust

Website text for new business venture

Powerpoint slide deck for pharma R&D company

Conference handbook for Limmud, national educational conference

Subject matter experience

  • Healthcare (patient information)
  • IT B2B – financial software, security, telecoms, managed print services
  • Literature
  • Religion – Judaism

Happy to work in any subject area, particularly:

  • Fiction – children's and adults'
  • Antiques and collectables
  • Food writing
  • Business communications – reports, website copy, brochures, newsletters

Qualifications

What will it cost

Pricing is based around the SfEP's suggested minimum rate, however every job and situation is different. Quotes are based on various factors specific to a job, such as length, complexity and quality of content.

If you would like a no obligation quote for your proofreading, I will need the following information:


  • What is the word count?
  • Do you have a deadline?
  • Do you have a particular budget?
  • Has the text been copy-edited?
  • Is it just text or are there figures, tables or illustrations?
  • Are there any references?
  • Is there an existing style guide?

I will also ask for a sample of the copy (from the middle, if it is a lengthy project). This will give a good idea of the level of work required and how long it might take. The recommended sample length is a few thousand words, about 5-10% of the total word count.

A minimum rate of £30 applies for any job under 2,000 words.

Contact

If you would like a no obligation quote, or want to discuss your requirements in more detail, please feel free to get in touch.