This is an objective edit that serves as a final look into the manuscript. A proofread will address inconsistencies in spelling and style, inconsistencies in layout and typography, confusing or awkward page and word breaks, incorrect captioning on any illustrations, and page numbers in the contents. It will also provide secondary edits on spelling, grammar, capitalization, word usage, repetition, dialogue tags, usage of numbers or numerals, and consistency in point-of-view and tense.
At the end of the collaboration, you’ll receive a copy of your manuscript with changes made directly to the page. You’ll have the option to accept or reject those changes, though you can skip this step if you’d like.
A proofread usually takes about 1 week to complete, depending on the length and maturity of the manuscript.
A proofread usually follows a copy edit. We’ll want to address the primary mechanics of grammar, spelling, and capitalization before focusing on these secondary mechanical functions. Once a proofread is complete, most authors are ready to publish, query, or submit their manuscripts!