Book Proofreading Service

You may not have noticed small errors in your book, but your readers will. 

When you have spent a great deal of time researching for and writing your book and when you have had it edited, you may think it is perfect and ready for publication. What about the final step? The book needs to be proofread because even small errors can creep into the text, which you may have missed, or even which the publisher may have missed. If you are self-publishing your book, the printers will print whatever you tell them to. 

The Ultimate Proofreader's professional Book Proofreading Service can do this task for you, giving you peace of mind that your book is ready for publication. Our service is available for book authors, playwrights and novelists.

If you have finished writing and copy-editing your book, novel, play, short story or film script and need a professional proofreader to go through it to identify and correct any inadvertent grammatical, punctuation and spelling mistakes in your text, then this is the service for you. Our highly experienced English proofreaders and editors, many of whom are writers themselves, will examine your written copy thoroughly for four elements: grammar, spelling, punctuation and consistency. Our proofreaders know the importance of your style of your writing, tone or narrative, so we will not change this.

a) Grammar

Books, whether fiction or non-fiction, are very long and extended pieces of work that can be over 100,000 words in length.

The excessive amount of writing and the focus on getting the plot, theme, or narrative right (which takes place at the stage of writing and copy-editing) can often lead to grammar mistakes – which can sometimes be embarrassing – being left in the draft.

Before sending off your finished piece of work to any prospective publisher, you would at least need to ensure that it does not have any grammatical errors.

Having proofread several books in various fields by writers with different styles and different standards of English writing, we have noticed grammar errors in the following areas:

1) Subject-verb agreement

2) Conjunctions

3) Use of tenses

4) Modifiers, possessive adjectives or pronouns, and split infinitives

5) The apostrophe, or lower and upper case  

b) Spelling

Many of the mistakes we correct in drafts of books, novels and other literary works are related to spelling. As the focus during the writing stage is mostly placed on content creation, misspellings or inconsistencies between British and American English usage can make their way into your written copy.

This can sometimes even be the result of the predictive text function in Microsoft Word, especially if you did not set the language in your document to the correct English language variant before you began to write.  

c) Punctuation

Punctuation is often one of the trickiest and most debatable points in English writing. While some writers are minimalists, others fall into the trap of over-punctuation. Our expert English proofreaders will ensure your text strikes the required balance avoiding under-punctuation (which can cause confusion in meaning) and over-punctuation (which can make the text heavy to read). 

d) Consistency

There are few things that annoy readers more than inconsistency. As well as inconsistency of grammar and style (see below), we come across other inconsistencies such as the reader being told in an early chapter that ‘my house faces north’ and in a later chapter that ‘my house faces south’. This does happen, especially in long novels.  

Help us to help you

We can do a good proofreading job for you if you tell us exactly what you want. It is not always enough to tell us that you want proofreading and/or editing. We can of course see from your book whether your writing is formal or informal, and also the style of your writing. There are other matters that we may not know unless you tell us; for example, do you want to use italics or quotation marks for names of publications, house names or names of ships? Do you want to use single or double quotation marks? Consistency is something we check for in proofreading and editing because inconsistencies in a book are very unprofessional and annoying to readers. Your publisher will probably have given you a style sheet because publishers want all of their books (according to topic) to be of a consistent style. If you self-publish, it will be up to you to prepare your own style sheet. We can advise you on this. 

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