Proofreading

Proofreaders save the day.

Proofreading is the last major stage of the editing process. As always, reading and consistent marking remain essential. When we proofread, we read word-for-word, noting all punctuation, paragraphing, capitalization, and italics, and ensure that any editing has been correctly interpreted. We also watch for the kind of errors missed by a computer’s spell checkers and grammar bots:

• Double-checking word breaks
• Hyphenation
• Typeface
• Font
• Headings and subheads
• Set-off material
• Page numbers and running heads
• Illustrations and tables
• Page length, table of contents
• Article or chapter titles
• Footnotes
• Index
• Cross-references
• Half title and title page
• Jacket copy
• Spine
• Overall sense of appearance

Email us at [email protected]: in your message, include a description of your project and its word count. One of us will be in touch about availability, turnaround time, and rates. Whichever editor you choose (and/or whomever we think would fit best) to read your work then marks-up your proof pages in Adobe Professional. We ask for a minimum turnaround time of 3 weeks for each proofreading pass on a full manuscript. When your mark-up is complete, we send it back to you with an invoice. Net-30 terms with PayPal or check. We follow the Editorial Freelancers Association rates.

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Lend us your type and trust, and we'll give you our minds.

~The Editors

Email: info (at) cogitatestudios (dot) com for more information.

Basic Book-Editing Services

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Book Proposals

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Proofreading

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Proofreaders save the day. Proofreading is the last major stage of the editing process. As always, reading and consistent marking remain essential. When we proofread, we read word-for-word, noting all punctuation, paragraphing, capitalization, and italics, and ensure that …

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Reader Reports

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The fastest, least expensive avenue Whether it’s a short story, inspirational memoir, fictional novel, nonfiction book, old query letter, or new book proposal, we give the material a full review, covering a whole gamut of pertinent editorial issues, …