The Book Proofreading Service is the first level of our proofreading services for authors, playwrights and novelists.
In this service, our proofreaders scrutinise the written copy for three elements: grammar, spelling and punctuation.
As a writer, if you have drafted your script and need only to ensure it is free of any grammatical errors, typos and mispunctuation before submitting it to a publisher, then this service would perfectly fit the purpose.
The proofreader would not introduce any stylistic or editorial changes; your own tone and style of writing will all remain untouched.
To further illustrate what is included in the Book Proofreading Service, we have provided specific examples (some of which are real and some of which are for demonstration purposes only).
1. Grammar check
a) Subject-verb agreement
Original: The social group were very interested in visiting old buildings.
Proofread: The social group was very interested in visiting old buildings.
b) Use of conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs
Original: It was a sunny day, however, it was too hot to play rugby.
Proofread: It was a sunny day; however, it was too hot to play rugby.
Original: We are going on holiday today. And we are looking forward to it.
Proofread: We are going on holiday today and we are looking forward to it.
c) Use of tenses
Original: The clock struck twelve when I am going upstairs.
Proofread: The clock struck twelve when I was going upstairs.
d) Use of modifiers, possessive adjectives or pronouns, and split infinitives
Original: They asked me to go to the travel office to get an up to date bus timetable.
Proofread: They asked me to go to the travel office to get an up-to-date bus timetable.
Original: The cat kept washing it’s muddy paws.
Proofread: The cat kept washing its muddy paws.
Original: We were told to quickly and quietly move so we would not be seen.
Proofread: We were told to move quickly and quietly so we would not be seen.
e) Use of the apostrophe, or lower and upper case
Original: We went to town today and bought some potato’s and tomato’s.
Proofread: We went to town today and bought some potatoes and tomatoes.
Original: We went to London and visited the science museum.
Proofread: We went to London and visited the Science Museum.
2. Spelling check
cheek (check), grammer (grammar), loose (lose - as a verb), believes (beliefs - as a noun), proof read (proofread), weak (week) etc.
Original: When the customer bought a new car she expected too recieve a garuntee.
Proofread: When the customer bought a new car she expected to receive a guarantee.
Hum (Hume), Aristole (Aristotle), Daved (David) etc
Original: Some people say that Shakespeer’s plays were written by Bacon.
Proofread: Some people say that Shakespeare’s plays were written by Bacon.
* They wanted too (to) discuss this in their academic paper.
* The researcher has recommended they sotp (stop) making mistakes and use English proofreading services.
* In the peeface (preface), they explained what they will investigate in their book.
* Proofreading services are impotent (important).
Original: Our family meest together every Satruday evening.
Proofread: Our family meets together every Saturday evening.
d) American/British English
We will replace any American words or expressions with British equivalents, or vice versa, as exemplified below:
* Learned (American) Learnt (British)
* Focussed (American) Focused (British)
* Center (American) Centre (British)
* Elective (North American) Optional course of study (British)
* Characterize (American) Characterise (British)
Example: (when the client requires British English)
Original: The stairs were very steep so we took the elevator.
Proofread: The stairs were very steep so we took the lift.
3. Punctuation check
a) The comma
Original: Therefore we shall go home, when we finish work.
Proofread: Therefore, we shall go home when we finish work.
b) The colon
Original: Today we bought: bread milk eggs fish butter cakes and biscuits.
Proofread: Today we bought bread, milk, eggs, fish, butter, cakes and biscuits.
c) The semicolon
Original: The rain fell steadily all day, the valley began to flood.
Proofread: The rain fell steadily all day; the valley began to flood.
d) Quotation marks
Original: The driver said "get on the bus as it is about to leave".
Proofread: The driver said, “Get on the bus as it is about to leave.”