Many authors only think they need proofreading when their needs extend beyond that, so we like to take some time to ensure our authors understand what a true proofread entails for their cozy mystery novel.
What do cozy mystery authors get in a proofread?
This is what you’ll get from a proofreading service:
- Reading a final draft of a manuscript for errors (this means the file you will ultimately be uploading for publishing)
- Error correction for the text in your manuscript
- Error correction for any images or diagrams in your novel
- Notification of any formatting that isn’t consistent
- Comments on what needs fixing on a PDF copy of your final draft
This is what you won’t get from a proofreading service:
- Editorial comments on story
- Adjustments to any grammar issues
- Editing unclear language in your story
- Correcting inconsistencies in story details
- Editing for flow
The reason professional proofreaders are so strict about this is because when we have to look out for other issues, we are not putting our full attention on our main job—the job you are paying your hard-earned money on. If a manuscript has too many other issues we feel are prohibitive to us doing our job, we will recommend further edits before we continue. We take our jobs as proofreaders seriously, so if we feel we have reason to deny a proofreading job, it isn’t without some critical thought about the project.
Pricing for Proofreading
A basic proofread includes comments on a PDF copy of your final draft with an eye on correcting cosmetic errors in text, design, and images.
Pricing starts at .01/word
A proofreading plus service includes interior formatting with Vellum software—including three free updates over the next 12 months—and proofreading of your final draft with an eye on correcting cosmetic errors in text, design, and images.
Pricing starts at .018/word