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Proofreading Prices

Proofreading Prices

Proofreading prices are dependent on some important factors including the following:

  • Quality of proofreading

  • Type of document

  • Turnaround times

Quality of proofreading - If a firm's proofreading prices are ridiculously low, then it is very likely that the quality may not meet the high standards of your college.

Turnaround times - If you want a proofreading job done urgently, then many agencies provide express service which will usually cost more than their usual non-express prices.

Type of document - Some agencies choose to charge the same amount irrespective of whether your document is a scholarly article, business document, or even a birthday invitation. These agencies normally use a per-word or per-page prices. Some agencies choose to use differential pricing depending on the type of document.

Proofreading prices can be quite confounding. Some agencies charge by the hour, some charge by the word, some charge by the page, and some use a combination of these measurements. It can be quite difficult to compare these prices.

You could request for prices for the same document from different companies and then make your choice. Even this could be difficult because how will you gauge the quality of their work beforehand. You can, of course, do some background checks and ensure that veracity of the agency before handing over the proofreading job to them.

This article aims at giving you tips on how to proofread. Knowing how to proofread will help you do your own proofreading and also will help you check if the professional proofreader has done his or her job the way it has to be done. So, here goes.

Things to check before you start proofreading your text

Ensure that the broader aspects of your content have been checked and necessary corrections have been made. If the organization, development, focus, flow of content, and placement of paragraphs and sections of your text are still work in progress, then at this stage, do not do proofreading of your paper.

Only after these broader and larger elements are revised, edited, and corrected, should you move into the proofreading aspect. During the pre-proofreading time, ensure you have taken care to eliminate the use of excessive, repetitive, and unnecessary words, phrases, and ideas. Proofreading should ideally be the last action taken on your paper.

Between proofreading and final writing, ensure you keep a reasonable gap. Ideally, a day will be good. But, if you are really pushed for time, then ensure you get up from your desk, take at least a 30-minute break and only then start your proofreading work. This break will help you see errors more clearly than otherwise.

Having a list of common errors that you are known to make will help you be forewarned. You can make such a list and keep updating it as and when you try new content and your professors marks these mistakes on your paper.

Things to check during the proofreading process

It is always better to do your proofreading work from a printout of your text rather than directly on the computer screen. Keep a red pen handy to mark your mistakes so that you can correct them on the soft copy when you get back to your computer after the proofreading process is done.

Try and read out your content aloud. Your eyes are seen the content many times over and the chances of spotting obscure errors are low. Your ears will come to your aid at such times. Moreover, reading out your content loud will help you find run-on sentences which may have been missed while reading.

Use blank white sheets of paper to cover up everything else except the particular sentence you are reading. This method will help you focus on each sentence better and prevent you from reading ahead by merely skimming over the sentences.

You can use the search function on your word processor to find words and phrases that you commonly make mistakes with. For example, if you are known to use 'it' instead of 'its or it's,' then you could search for every 'it' in your paper and make sure you are using the correct version.

Another example is if you commonly forget to close a parenthesis, then search for all the '(' and ensure that the ')' is put at the appropriate place. Search functions on your word processor will very useful for such things.

Read each sentence of your content backwards and make sure each of them are perfect in all respects including use of tense, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, syncing of subjects and verbs, etc.

Ensure each pronoun matches its antecedents perfectly. For example, look at this sentence: Mary had a little lamb. It followed him wherever he went. The pronouns 'he' and 'him' do not match with Mary! These errors are very easy to miss when you are skimming through the reading process. It is imperative that you focus on each sentence and correct every mistake in it.

Finish your proofreading with a spell check. Feel free to use a spell checker. But, do not assume its level of perfection. You should go through each word manually and ensure that the spelling is perfect. A spell checker may not differentiate between 'idol' and 'ideal,' but your eyes will tell you that the word used is wrong.

What are the tasks of a professional proofreader?

The following tasks will be carried out by a professional proofreader:

  • Compares the proofs (line by line) to the edited copy

  • Checks page headings, appendices, indexes, and page numbers

  • Checks whether the table of content matches the actual content in your text

  • Checks for consistency of style; this is with respect to the use of spelling, hyphenations, etc depending on the instructions given by your professor

  • Checks for any inconsistencies and omissions in content, layout, and typography

  • Identifies the changes required and makes the relevant markings on the content (either in the hard copy or on the computer screen)

  • Checks for references and citations and their accuracies and consistencies

  • Checks and gets rid of confusing or inelegant formatting of pages such as a single line of a new paragraph appearing at the end of a paragraph

  • Checks for data and format consistencies of tables, figures, captions, and labels with those mentioned in the content

  • Checks for the logical appearance of the content and that it looks right

Proofreaders do not edit the material after it has been through the desk of a professional editor. A professional proofreader will intervene in the editing process only if he or she feels the intervention to be absolutely necessary.

Final Notes

Proofreading is an extremely important step of your academic writing process. Your professor will easily make out an assignment that has not been proofread. In such situations, your professor is more likely to be upset with the absence of this essential element rather than be thrilled with a content that is otherwise excellent. This attitude is going to reflect in your grades.

So, do not even contemplate of not getting your assignments proofread. Do it yourself or check out Prescott Paper's proofreading services and call us for help.

Our teams of writers and editors will be happy to help you with all your academic work including custom essays, assignments, dissertations, research papers, and more.

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