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Proofreading Services

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From the Wicked Bible to the Pasta Bible, we’ve all seen how a few small mistakes can spoil a great story. And mistakes are always easier to make after dedicating countless time, sweat, and brainpower to your manuscript. That’s why serious authors hire professional proofreaders to ensure their efforts don’t go to waste before they start the process of book printing.

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What is proofreading?

Proofreading is the necessary last step in the editing process—and the final stop before publishing. While copy editing and line editing can make substantial changes (such as correcting inconsistent spelling or hyphenations) to the manuscript’s language, a proofreader’s role is more about quality assurance. Proofreading is not the time to revise, rewrite, and delete. It’s the time to find an error that you did not catch before your work is published.

A professional proofreader brings a fresh set of eyes to your work and scours for absolute errors such as:

  • Punctuation
  • Misspellings
  • Capitalization
  • Verb tense
  • Grammar issues

Download proofreading sample (Microsoft Word doc).

Do I really need a proofreader?

Proofreading is a required step for all traditionally published books, and it’s something for all self-published authors to consider. You don’t want to open your published book to find silly typos within the written content that a proofreading service could’ve easily caught. It's a hard lesson that'll cost you more time and money in the long run. Working with an experienced editor grants a polished manuscript—and peace of mind.

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I was so relieved when I saw my manuscript professionally edited. I had high expectations and they were fulfilled with professionalism.

Ms. JiJi, BookBaby Author

How BookBaby’s editing process works

1. Choose your editing package

1. Choose the book editing service you need.

Select Proofreading from the menu.

2. Upload your Word document

2. Upload your Word document.

You don’t have to place a book order to take advantage of our book editing services. All you need is your finished manuscript to get things started and our professional proofreaders will do the rest.

3. Retrieve your edited manuscript

3. Receive your professionally edited manuscript in 8-10 business days.

Review your fully proofed manuscript after it has undergone manuscript editing, along with your editor’s notes.

Frequently asked questions:

What is the difference between copy editing and line editing

Copy editing is a basic word-by-word edit that addresses grammar, usage, and consistency issues. Your copyeditor will correct continuity issues in your story and ensure your manuscript is free of technical problems or major loose ends that’ll confuse your readers.

Line editing is an intensive structural edit that focuses on the finer aspects of language—the flow of ideas, transition elements, tone, and style. Your line editor will take a critical look at your manuscript’s writing flow, language usage, and character development, and make suggestions that ensure that you’re communicating your story effectively while maintaining your voice. Read More