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The proof is the finalized draft of a text. After you have written and edited your text for factual correctness, structural integrity, grammatical accuracy and getting the correct message across, there is one last step before sharing it with an audience: proofreading.

Proofreading is the minute examination and correction of your text for typographic, grammatical and formatting errors. It also focuses on consistency in style, layout and typography. Proofreaders review the general page and chapter layout, the table of contents, the index (if there is one) and the text on the back cover (blurb), and ensure that the text adheres to a specific style guide (if there is one).

The true goal of having a proofreader is to guarantee that errors possibly introduced by previous edits are corrected, and the whole text displays stylistic, layout and language consistency.

Some of the things that proofreaders will correct in your text:

  • Spelling errors

  • Comma usage

  • Subject-verb agreement

  • Homophone confusion (e.g. were/where)

  • Preposition misuse (e.g. proud in/proud of)

  • Apostrophe misuse

  • UK/US/other convention inconsistencies

  • Inconsistent capitalization

  • Incorrect references to illustrations, tables or graphs

  • Inconsistent formatting of quotations, paragraphs and spacing

  • Misplaced headers and footers, in-text references and page numbers


Short stories, novellas, full-length novels, both fiction and non-fiction.

blog posts

For your personal, specialized blog, or for a company's content marketing blog

Academic Papers

With a focus on the social sciences, language teaching, English literature, linguistics.



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Roberta's Editing Services - The Book Raven

Based in Attard, Malta (EU)