Proofreading For Self-Publishing Writers

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What You Get With Proofreading


Writers are responsible for what they write, but proofreaders will often spot misquotations, errors of fact, misspelled names, misused words, numbers that don’t add up and incomplete references, and will check or query them. Proofreaders will also query anything that does not seem to make sense. They scrutinize facts, dates, quotations and references, but do not routinely check every one unless this is budgeted for and agreed at the start.


This depends on the readership, the material and the means of access (e.g. book, comic, desktop, tablet, advert), but usually sentences should be short and straightforward, with paragraphs to introduce new ideas and break up the page. Headings also break up text and make it more digestible: are there enough of them? If there are too many levels of subhead, the structure may need rethinking.


Is anything missing or redundant? Is the order logical? Are the headings doing their job? Are footnotes essential? Could supporting material go in an appendix? Is a bibliography needed? Should there be a glossary? Are clickable links needed? Do they work?


All the time the copy-editor keeps a list of decisions on alternative spellings, hyphenation, italics, capitals, units of measurement, how quotations are presented and much else. The text must not contradict itself, nor any illustrations, tables, graphs and captions. Internal links/cross-references must work.


Is the language pitched at the right level for the likely readers? Do any terms or abbreviations need explaining? Are tone, style, and vocabulary appropriate? Do they add authority, or undermine the writer? Of course, language changes constantly and context is all, but proofreaders are aware of informed opinion on what is acceptable and what is best practice.


Proofreaders will flag up any instances they see of:

  • plagiarism or breach of copyright,
  • libel,
  • obscenity,
  • incitement to racial hatred.

Cost of Proofreading

$10 per 1000 words

Why BubbleCow for Proofreading?

Proofreading is designed for books that are at the stage before publication. Typically, they will have undergone some level of editing before the proofreading stage.

Proofreading is typically seen as ‘fixing typos’ but offers a complete service, looking to remove errors and apply consistency to the manuscript. It will not provide any input on story or readability elements.

Our qualified and experienced proofreaders will apply a ‘two pass’ system to the writer’s manuscript. This involved reading the manuscript twice to ensure that changes are being made to the highest standard.

The aim of proofreading is to ensure that whatever appears in public is accurate, easy to follow, fit for purpose and free of error, omission, inconsistency and repetition. This process picks up mistakes, ambiguities, and anomalies, whilst also alerting you to possible legal problems.

M. T. M. Driscoll

“I was really pleased with the professional way my book was handled by BubbleCow. As they promised, I received my edit within 28 days, and while I was waiting I also received very useful information about how to deal with the edit and the report when my manuscript was returned. The proofread was extremely helpful to me, flagging up areas that needed extra work or in some cases just a little tweaking. I would have no hesitation in recommending BubbleCow. I will certainly be using them for the next book in the series.”

Andrew Smith

“Bubblecow did a good job for me, delivering a copy edit and a proofread. I found the way they delivered the manuscript – as a word doc with tracked changes and comments, particularly helpful. Having access to the documents in my own area on the website was also a big plus. I’d recommend Bubblecow for these services.”

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