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The Ultimate Proofreader provides top-quality book proofreading and editing services to authors, playwrights and writers.
We proofread and edit newspaper and magazine articles, short stories and novels. 

Our high-standard services are delivered by proofreaders and editors who have written books themselves.

Our layered services are designed to fulfil the various and individual needs of scriptwriters and book authors. We offer three services, and below are the details of each.

Proofreading Service

In this service, we will scrutinise your written copy for:
 

1. Grammar

We will correct:


a) Subject-verb agreement mistakes 


Example: 

Original: Our social group are very interested in visiting old buildings. 

Proofread: Our social group is very interested in visiting old buildings.


b) Inappropriate use of conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs 


Examples:


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) Inappropriate use of tenses


Example: 


Original: The clock struck twelve when I am going upstairs. 

Proofread: The clock struck twelve when I was going upstairs.


d) Any mistakes in the use of modifiers, possessive adjectives or pronouns, and split infinitives


Examples: 


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) Any errors in the use of the apostrophe, or lower and upper case 

Examples: 


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


We will correct any spelling mistakes in:


a) Words


cheek (check), grammer (grammar), loose (lose - as a verb), believes (beliefs - as a noun), proof read (proofread), weak (week) etc.

Example:

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.


b) Names


Hum (Hume), Aristole (Aristotle), Daved (David) etc

Example:

Original: Some people say that Shakespeer’s plays were written by Bacon.

Proofread: Some people say that Shakespeare’s plays were written by Bacon.


3. Punctuation


We will also correct any punctuation errors in relation to:


a) The comma

Example:

Original: Therefore we shall go home, when we finish work.

Proofread: Therefore, we shall go home when we finish work.


b) The colon

Example:

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

Example:

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

Example:

Original: The driver told us get on the bus as it is about to leave.

Proofread: The driver told us “Get on the bus as it is about to leave.”


4. Typos


We will also fix any typographical errors in your text, as the following examples illustrate:


* 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).


Example:

Original: Our family meest together every Satruday evening.

Proofread: Our family meets together every Saturday evening.



5. 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.



Editing Service



In this service, we will be looking at more aspects of your written copy, as follows:



1. Grammar


We will correct:


a) Subject-verb agreement mistakes

Example:

Original: My friend and I am planning to go the cinema this afternoon.

Edited: My friend and I are planning to go the cinema this afternoon.


b) Inappropriate use of conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs

Example:

Original: It’s wise to take care of your belongings in a crowded place otherwise you may lose them.

Edited: It’s wise to take care of your belongings in a crowded place; otherwise, you may lose them.


c) Inappropriate use of tenses 

Example:

Original: I went to the farm to see if any of the hens had lay an egg.

Edited: I went to the farm to see if any of the hens had laid an egg.


d) Any mistakes in the use of modifiers, possessive adjectives or pronouns, and split infinitives

Examples:

Original: The old lady has lived here for many years, so she is well-known to us.

Edited: The old lady has lived here for many years, so she is well known to us.


Original:  A friend of her used to visit every Sunday.

Edited: A friend of hers used to visit every Sunday.

Original: My family helped me to successfully reach my goal in life.

Edited: My family helped me to reach my goal in life successfully


e) Any errors in the use of the apostrophe, or lower and upper case.

Examples:

Original: My mothers house is in the middle of town.

Edited: My mother’s house is in the middle of town.

Original:  Our town is very old and it has had a Mayor for centuries.

Edited: Our town is very old and it has had a mayor for centuries.


2. Spelling


We will correct any spelling mistakes in:


a) Words

cheek (check), grammer (grammar), loose (lose - as a verb), believes (beliefs - as a noun), proof read (proofread), weak (week) etc.

Example:

Original: We enjoy visiting the peninsular but it is very windy there.

Edited: We enjoy visiting the peninsula but it is very windy there.


b) Names


Hum (Hume), Aristole (Aristotle), Daved (David) etc

Example:

Original: Many Welsh princes were called Llywellyn.

Edited: Many Welsh princes were called Llywelyn.


3. Punctuation


We will also correct any punctuation errors in relation to.


a) The comma


Example:

Original: The garden of the big house was famous for its roses, and tulips.

Edited: The garden of the big house was famous for its roses and tulips.


b) The colon

Example:

Original: There was a major sports event in the city: and the roads were very busy.

Edited: There was a major sports event in the city and the roads were very busy.


c) The semicolon

Example:

Original: The house was very near the airport, it was a noisy place.

Edited: The house was very near the airport; it was a noisy place.


d) Quotation marks

Example:

Original:  The tour guide advised us to ‘wear helmets in the cave.’

Edited: The tour guide advised us to wear helmets in the cave.


4. Typos


We will also fix any typographical errors in your text, as the following examples illustrate:


* 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).


Further Example:

Original: It is thre yaers since we last met.

Edited: It is three years since we last met.



5. 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: (where client requires American English)

Original: Travelling is an expensive pastime but it certainly broadens the mind.

Edited: Traveling is an expensive pastime but it certainly broadens the mind.


6. Word choice


In English, some words have a greater impact than others; and there are words that fit more certain purposes than others, or convey the meaning in a better way. 

Example:

Original:  The mountains are very nice because they are big.

Edited:  The mountains are particularly impressive because of their massive height.


7. Sentence structure


One recurrent problem that we often come across in book editing and proofreading is what we call run-on sentences...i.e sentences that are excessively long.


Example:


Original: The scene of the crime and any data connected with the crime are able to supply pointers regarding suspects’ identities, assistance in the assessment of scenarios, help in the planning of avoidance or detention procedures, and to assist in the attainment of an improved comprehension of environmental features that may have a link with the crime.


Amended: The scene of the crime and any data connected with the crime are able to supply pointers regarding suspects’ identities and assist in the assessment of scenarios. Both factors also help in the planning of avoidance or detention procedures, as well as in the attainment of an improved comprehension of environmental features that may have a link with the crime.


Further example:

Original:  Our holiday began with a taxi journey to the railway station from where we travelled by a fast train to the airport, then we went through the pre-flight formalities and then had a meal because it was still an hour before the flight, when we landed at our destination we took a taxi to the hotel where we had a rest because the journey left us tired.

Amended: Our holiday began with a taxi journey to the railway station from where we travelled by a fast train to the airport. On arrival at the airport we went through the pre-flight formalities and as we had to wait another hour for the flight we had a meal. When we arrived at our destination we took a taxi to the hotel, where we had a rest because the journey left us tired.


Substantive Copy-editing Service


This is the most advanced layer of editing service we provide to book authors and writers. This service scrutinises your manuscript for a variety of aspects, as detailed below:



1. Grammar


We will correct:


a) Subject-verb agreement mistakes

Example:

Original:  There is so many people in the restaurant that we face a long wait before being served.

Edited: There are so many people in the restaurant that we face a long wait before being served.


b) Inappropriate use of conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs

Example:

Original: A severe storm developed nevertheless we went up the mountain.

Edited: A severe storm developed; nevertheless, we went up the mountain.


c) Inappropriate use of tenses 

Example:

Original: We will go to the supermarket tomorrow and we are determined that we shall buy a whole week’s supplies.

Edited: We shall go to the supermarket tomorrow and we are determined that we will buy a whole week’s supplies.


d) Any mistakes in the use of modifiers, possessive adjectives or pronouns, and split infinitives

Examples:

Original: The pictures we saw at the exhibition were first-class.

Edited: The pictures we saw at the exhibition were first class.

Original: A friend of my sister is coming to stay for the week.

Edited: A friend of my sister’s is coming to stay for the week.

Original: We were expected to slowly walk across the bridge.

Edited: We were expected to walk across the bridge slowly.


e) Any errors in the use of the apostrophe, or lower and upper case.

Examples:

Original: When Jane entered the house, she noticed there were picture’s on every wall.

Edited: : When Jane entered the house, she noticed there were pictures on every wall.

Original: The most interesting part of the play was act 2.

Edited: The most interesting part of the play was Act 2.


2. Spelling


We will correct any spelling mistakes in:


a) Words

cheek (check), grammer (grammar), loose (lose - as a verb), believes (beliefs - as a noun), proof read (proofread), weak (week) etc.

Example:

Original: If I want a quiet location to reed a book, I go to the library.

Edited: If I want a quiet location to read a book, I go to the library.


b) Names


Hum (Hume), Aristole (Aristotle), Daved (David) etc

Example:

Original: The Seven is the longest river in Great Britain.

Edited: The Severn is the longest river in Great Britain.


3. Punctuation


We will also correct any punctuation errors in relation to.


a) The comma

Example:

Original: The film was interesting enjoyable and exciting.

Edited: The film was interesting, enjoyable and exciting.


b) The colon

Example:

Original: The transport museum contained the following exhibits, buses, cars, trams, boats and lorries.

Edited: The transport museum contained the following exhibits: buses, cars, trams, boats and lorries.


c) The semicolon

Example:

Original: Our journey was impressive and scenic, the road followed the coast.

Edited: Our journey was impressive and scenic; the road followed the coast.


d) Quotation marks

Example:

Original: My family went to ‘South America’ for their holidays.

Edited: My family went to South America for their holidays.


4. Typos


We will also fix any typographical errors in your text, as the following examples illustrate:


* 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).

Example:

Original: David and Jane spoek to each other for the first time which had an effect on both of them.

Edited: David and Jane spoke to each other for the first time which had an effect on both of them.


5. 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 has requested British English)

Original: The artist made effective use of color in all his paintings.

Edited: The artist made effective use of colour in all his paintings.


6. Word choice


In English there are some words that have a greater impact than others; and there are words that fit more certain purposes than others, or convey the meaning in a better way. 


Example:

Original: The fourteenth-century building can be described as rather old.

Edited: The fourteenth-century building can be described as ancient.


7. Sentence structure


One recurrent problem that we often come across in book editing and proofreading is what we call run-on sentences...i.e sentences that are excessively long.


Example:


Original: The scene of the crime and any data connected with the crime are able to supply pointers regarding suspects’ identities, assistance in the assessment of scenarios, help in the planning of avoidance or detention procedures, and to assist in the attainment of an improved comprehension of environmental features that may have a link with the crime.


Amended: The scene of the crime and any data connected with the crime are able to supply pointers regarding suspects’ identities and assist in the assessment of scenarios. Both factors also help in the planning of avoidance or detention procedures, as well as in the attainment of an improved comprehension of environmental features that may have a link with the crime.


Further Example:

Original: In August every year the whole family would gather together for grandfather George’s birthday and they always had a good time because they enjoyed each other’s company and always had a very good meal and George appreciated all the gifts the family gave him which included books as he was an avid reader.


Amended: In August every year the whole family would gather together for grandfather George’s birthday when they always had a good time. This was because they enjoyed each other’s company and always had a very good meal. George appreciated all the gifts the family gave him, which included books as he was an avid reader.


8. Comprehensibility 



We will help ensure your written manuscript is digestible and comprehensible in a way that would attract readers, rather than turn them off.


Original: Elizabeth and Martin, a brother and sister, had not seen each other for a while because Martin was in Australia. When he planned to return to London, Elizabeth was looking forward to seeing him again, and when he arrived they were pleased to meet each other again.

Amended: Excitement and anticipation mounted for Elizabeth when she received a letter from her brother Martin in Australia, to tell her he was returning to London. As the day grew nearer, she just could not wait to see him. When they were reunited, there were tears of joy and emotion.


9. Clarity of ideas



As part of our service, we also help you get your ideas and themes across to readers in a clear and unequivocal manner. This includes checking for consistency, which can sometimes be overlooked by an author. The following example shows that such mistakes do happen.


Example:

In Chapter 1:  The whole family looked forward to moving into their new house. It was already furnished and they thought the red curtains on the large window and the green carpet blended very well.

In Chapter 2:  As soon as the family moved into their new home, they settled very well, although the window was small, there was a good view through it and the light yellow curtains reflected the sunlight.



10. Organisation



We also assist book authors and writers with the organisation of their written copy and manuscript. We offer suggestions on how better organisation can be achieved.


What else do we do?


We offer book writers and authors a free sample option, whereby we will do any 300 words of your choice of the written manuscript, without any obligation whatsoever. You can request them to be proofread, edited, or substantively copy-edited. Our aim is to give you a good idea about our quality of service to help you make a decision.


As the style and language capability differ from one editor to another, we will get your sample done by two different editors. This is to give you more choice.


We have several editors working for us. So, if you wish your sample done by more than two editors, we can do so, but anything above two will be charged at the normal rate.






Who are we?


The Ultimate Proofreader is a provider of top-notch proofreading services & editing services & paraphrasing services based near London, UK.

For many years, we have been assisting authors, writers, professionals and businesses with proofreading services of the highest quality.

We strongly believe in our name, as we provide immaculate English editing and proofreading services of a quality and standard that can hardly be matched by any other service provider.

As a proofreading services UK provider, we have come to exist and thrive, fully aware that, if we do not deliver high-quality English language correction and improvement services, we would not stand an opportunity in this highly competitive market of proofreading services. That is why, delivering services of an excellent quality has been our first guiding principle.

Our second guiding principle is affordability. We are equally aware that if our services are highly priced, we would be beaten by other service providers.

So, we have been determined to provide outstanding, yet affordable and reasonably priced, services.

For professionals, businesses and book authors, we also offer highly competitive rates, particularly on large assignments. The third guiding principle we have been working to is to deliver our excellent, affordable services in a timely fashion.

Although we try our best to complete assignments within fast turnaround times, we never give priority to speed over quality. For us, priority always comes first. Unlike other text editing and proofreading service providers, our proofreaders and editors may spend one or even two hours on a single page to correct, improve and clarify the text.

We do not work on an hourly basis; we give every document we receive all the time and care it needs, no matter how much time or effort we put into it. Our ultimate goal is to produce a text that is proofread or edited to a high standard that would help students, academics, book authors, professionals or businesses to achieve their desired results.

Having said that, we still strive to meet orders with tight deadlines by making sure that we have proofreaders and editors available 24/7, ready to step in when needed. The Ultimate Proofreader prides itself on having a very experienced team of proofreaders and editors who help us deliver those sterling proofreading services to our UK clients.

We are also a very friendly secure proofreading service UK provider, and are always happy to interact with our clients, whether before, during or after the completion of their assignments. We also believe that our task goes beyond the mere improvement of the language and style of writing to an informative, insightful, and educational service to academics and students.

For this reason, we provide feedback, as appropriate, on the areas of language that need to be worked on. Additionally, we have created a blog on our website that is purely dedicated to language-related matters.

Our aim is to help academics and students, particularly non-native speakers, to learn and improve their knowledge about the use of the English language for academic purposes. We can be reached by email (info@ultimateproofreader.co.uk) or by phone (07717750188), around-the-clock.