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Proofreading

Your words deserve to shine.

For that, you need a skilled proofreader.

 

I can help ensure that your writing is as error-free as possible and polished before it goes out into the world.

What Is Proofreading?

Despite what many people think, editing and proofreading are not the same thing. Both editing and proofreading are extremely important stages, but they're also very different!

Whereas a proofreader typically does not alter the text in significant ways, an editor may rewrite sentences or completely restructure an article to improve the clarity or flow. Proofreading is generally the last stage in the publishing process. A proofreader's job is to read through the document and ensure that it's ready for publication or launch—meaning there are no spelling mistakes, typos, double words like "the the," punctuation errors, capitals where they don't belong, spacing/formatting issues, etc. 

If you're looking for somebody to go through your document and rewrite, reword, or rearrange it to "make it sound better," you can be sure that what you really need first is an editor!

However, if you've already worked with someone else to clear up your message and make your writing more engaging and you're happy with the content, then a proofreader can help you make sure no embarrassing mistakes slip through.

Types of errors a proofreader looks for:

  • Typos

  • Double words

  • Grammatical errors

  • Punctuation errors

  • Misspelled words

  • Formatting issues

  • Incorrect word usage

  • Any other glaring errors missed in previous editing stages

In short, a proofreader's job is to:

  • Read the document

  • Find the errors

  • Mark the errors

  • Return the document to the author

What I Do

I’ve been blessed—or perhaps cursed!—with the natural ability to spot mistakes in writing, a skill that my friends and family took full advantage of for half my life until I realized I should have been charging them for it! (Just kidding.)

Long before I discovered that I could actually make a career out of it, I was proofreading essays, blog posts, news stories, reports, emails, newsletters, articles and more for the people in my life.

One day it dawned on me that I could be doing this for more people.

And here we are!

I can help you with:

Blog Posts/Articles 

 Website/Course Content

Emails/Newsletters/Sales Copy

Documents/Reports

Books/ebooks

Podcast Transcripts

... and more!

Why Should You Work With Me?

I work in publishing

I'm a writer too

Reading = joy

Skills of a journalist

Taught ESL

Years of freelance experience

An international publishing company has been my top client for the past 2+ years. I've proofread both fiction and non-fiction, and worked in genres ranging from business and self-help to memoir and children's books. I also regularly proofread shorter documents like back cover copy, press releases, and blog posts.

I have 15+ years of writing experience. As a writer myself, I know how important clear, error-free writing is, and I also know that sloppy content can affect your credibility and reputation. Words have a special place in my heart, and I think they have the power to change the world. I want to help you make the best use of the magic powers I’ve always felt words have.

I absolutely love to read and have always been an avid reader! For me, reading never feels like work; it’s pure joy. I’ll be reading for the rest of my life anyway, so I may as well put my skills to good use and help others while I’m at it!

I graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Journalism degree (one of Canada’s top journalism programs). In the world of journalism, ensuring information, spelling, and facts are accurate is critical. Attention to detail isn't just an asset—it's mandatory! This environment is also where I honed my research skills.

I spent two years teaching English as a second language in South Korea. I worked with students ages 3-16 in both classroom settings and one-on-one, helping them with vocabulary, spelling, paragraph writing, reading, etc. English is not an easy language to learn, but my students amazed me!

I've been freelancing for several years, and have experience working with clients in a variety of fields, including publishing, real estate, hospitality & events, counseling, food services, business coaching, charities, etc.

"Allison is an excellent proofreader who can help you on your journey to publishing your book. She has a sharp eye for details and can polish your message to reach your particular community successfully. It was a pleasure to work with her."

 

—David Rivas,

Pharmacist and CEO of Nuterel, LLC

Author of Resilient Brain, published by Hasmark Publishing International

What My Clients Say

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Services & Rates

Option 1

Per-project basis, as needed

Need a fresh pair of eyes to read over an important email, report, or blog post you’ve written?  I’ll help you make sure it’s correct and looks professional before you send it off or publish it!

Longer projects such as books, ebooks, or websites also fall under this category.

Rate: CAD $0.015 per word

Option 2

Bundles (5, 10, 20, or more articles per month)

If you’re a writer or small business who publishes content more frequently, these bundles are the way to go.

Rates:

5 articles -    CAD $107.00 (5% discount applied)

10 articles - CAD $202.50 (10% discount applied)

20 articles - CAD $382.50 (15% discount applied)

Rates listed are per month and are based on an assumed word count of no more than 1500 words per piece. Rate varies for longer pieces.

More bundle options are available for different lengths or frequencies. Please inquire for custom bundle quotes.

Option 3

Hire me to be your in-house proofreader

I’ll approach all your creations with an eagle eye, helping you polish your blog posts, newsletters, emails, sales copy, course content, or anything else you’re working on—before it goes live!

Rate varies depending on your needs. Contact me for a quote.

Style

Despite being Canadian, I typically work in US English using The Chicago Manual of Style as my main reference. This is the standard style guide used by most publishing houses throughout North America.

 

I do have experience working in British and Australian English as well.

 

If your project requires that you follow a specific style guide, please mention that when inquiring, and I’ll make sure my work meets your standards.

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Reach Out

Ready to take your content to the next level?

 

I’m excited to hear from you!