K O’Donnell Proofreading

Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing

Based in Paisley, near Glasgow, Scotland


The Finished Product

For full information on proofreading and copy-editing visit the Society for Editors and Proofreaders’ articles, What is Proofreading? and What is Copy-editing?

In the world of publishing, manuscripts go through several rounds of editorial intervention involving copy-editing and proofreading. On this process, the SfEP has this to say:


‘A good copy-editor picks up 80% of errors; a good proofreader picks up 80% of what’s left.’


I won’t promise you perfection – that would be misleading. But I do guarantee that I’ll be meticulous and thorough, and that I’ll return your document to you only when I’m satisfied that I’ve given it my full attention. I’ll do my best to understand and respect your style, and all of my corrections will be thoughtfully made. You can find out how customers have responded to this approach in my Testimonials section.


So, if it’s not perfect, why bother? Well, the SfEP has this explanation:


‘Because people will judge you on the quality of what you put in front of them. Because people will not take you or your message seriously if it is unclear, inconsistent or poorly presented. Because you are asking people to spend time reading it, and it is simple courtesy to smooth the reader’s path.’