You’re almost there! The sweat, blood and tears you’ve poured into your work has paid off. The edits are done, you’re confident and ready to publish, congratulations are in order! But wait, one more step. A proofread to ensure no niggling mistakes remain to annoy readers or yourself.
A proofread is a vital final check. The areas covered are: spelling, punctuation, grammar, formatting and word usage.
HOW IT WORKS
- Drop me an email with your manuscript (read the small print for how to format your work), and your preferred language (American or British English).
- I’ll send you a quote and a date by which I can complete your edit.
- If you’re happy, let me know and I’ll send you an invoice.
- Pay the invoice via Bank Transfer.
- I complete your feedback using track changes and send it back to you.
- That’s it, we’re done. Of course, if you have any questions you can always email me back and I’ll be happy to answer them.
Tim has the kind of eye for detail I can only dream about. Time and again he’ll pick up typos, errors and formatting issues that I haven’t seen despite going over my manuscripts dozens of times. His turnaround time is exceptionally fast compared to other proofreaders and editors and he’s honestly a joy to work with. I highly recommend his services to any author at any level. Sacha Black, author.
“Tim Seabrook is my editor. The man I trust to see what is on the page, not what my eyes paint for my mind to read. I have a working relationship which stretches back to 2010, covering six books and again that word trust must be used. When we initially present our heart’s work to another, courage requires conviction that those we pass it to will be both intelligent enough to understand and impartial enough to point out misprints not perceived mistakes. The very reason Tim was, is, and will be my editor. I do recommend he be yours.” R D Lomax, author.
“Tim’s enthusiasm about writing, and his meticulous attention to detail make him a valuable ally. If you’re working towards publication, I strongly recommend that you seek his services rather than trying to go it alone.” E A Deverell, author.
THE SMALL PRINT
How to send me your work
Your work must be:
- Times New Roman font
- 1-inch margins
- double spaced
If I receive work that isn’t formatted correctly, I will send it back for formatting and this means the quoted price might need to be amended.
How much does it cost?
I will assess your manuscript and then send an individual quote back to you. Usually, it works out to around £5.00 per thousand words of formatted manuscript. However, some manuscripts will cost more, others will be less. Payment must be paid in full in advance of any work commencing. Payments made by Bank Transfer.
How long does it take?
Assuming your manuscript has been through some form of editing process, below are the expected turnaround times based on word count. Upon receipt, a quick check will be done on a few randomly chosen pages. The times are approximate, though I aim to hit these ranges. In all instances, a completion date will be agreed beforehand.
- Up to 20K = 1-5 days.
- Up to 50K = 5-10 days.
- Up to 80K = 10-20 days.
- Up to 100K = 15-25 days.
I need to cancel my proofreading
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel a proofreading, please let me know as soon as possible. For documents under 40 pages, your payment is refundable up until the day I start working on it. Once I begin working on your pages or manuscript, it is non-refundable.
For complete manuscripts, your money is fully refundable as long as you cancel giving me not less than 14 days’ notice. If you cancel less than 14 days in advance of me starting work, there is a 20% cancellation fee. This is because I schedule my time weeks in advance and it can be difficult to fill a last-minute vacancy.
I will do my best never to cancel a proofreading arrangement once agreed. However, sometimes life gets in the way. Therefore, I reserve the right to cancel the proofreading at any time. If I do so, then all monies paid will be refunded in full within 24 hours of said cancellation.
What I won’t proofread
I have a preference for fiction, mainly work with Indie authors and currently have no restricted topics within that. Non-fiction will be dependent on the subject and how technical it is. Subjects outside my scope of knowledge will be declined.