Back to Basics Proofread


My Back to Basics service is for those authors who may have full confidence in their characters, plot, and the big picture elements of their manuscript but who still want a professional pair of eyes to ensure the content is consistent and polished.

B2B is also for those who may not have the budget for a detailed line/copy edit, or an in depth proofread.

This service includes the following:

  • consistency with spelling, punctuation, and grammar
  • checking for commonly confused words
  • consistency in character names
  • consistency in certain formatting elements including:
    • time formatting
    • date formatting
    • spacing – removing double spaces, and rogue spaces at the start and end of paragraphs, removing double line returns
    • chapter titles
  • fixing lower case letters at the start of paragraphs
  • fixing lower case letters after certain punctuation marks
  • fixing paragraphs which end with no punctuation
  • fixing mishaps with hyphens, en, and em dashes
  • fixing straight quotation marks to curly
  • fixing unnecessary spaces before and after punctuation
  • any other spelling, punctuation, or grammatical mishap I see

This service will not look at your characters, your plot, or the content of your manuscript in detail other than that listed above. It is purely to provide a final polish to your manuscript before you publish.

I follow the New Hart’s Rules and use the Oxford English Dictionary and we will discuss your preferences before the work is carried out.

Back to Basics is charged as follows:

Word Count Cost
Up to 60,000 £125.00
61,000 100,000 £150.00
101,000 150,000 £175.00
151,000 + £200.00

 

Should you wish to discuss your project, please use the form below to get in touch.