In addition to being a furniture maker/wood-craftsman with
a keen interest in tape recorders, I am also a published author and hold the Publishing Qualifications Board's 'Proofreading
Certificate', working part-time for a specialist publisher. I can therefore offer a cost-effective proofreading and copy
The introduction of personal computers with word
processing, desk-top publishing and web-page software, have (in theory!) not only simplified the process of presenting a final
manuscript to a publisher or printer, but also encouraged self-publishing at an affordable price. But with this technology
has come the danger of 'screen blindness', in which the author, knowing what he (or she) expects to read, fails to
spot errors 'on screen' - errors which only become obvious once printed - but not always to the author! This is as
true of illustrations and Computer Aided Draughting as it is of text, especially with the author's over-reliance on computer
spell-checkers, many of which are in American English! Occasionally, the very nature of the book requires 'poor' English,
which computer spell-checkers will not allow.
Such is human nature, that a trained eye is needed
to check the manuscript, or proof copy, with a fresh, open and impartial mind. Proofreaders look for errors in spelling, capitalisation,
grammar, punctuation, missed words, mixed tenses and sense. I can check an author's draft for submission to a publisher,
or cross check the original against a printer's proof, but it is not the function of a proofreader to 'rewrite'
your original work! However, I will make suggestions to improve clarity, grammar and presentation as well as suggest where
facts may be incorrect, suspect or inconsistent. I will also check for consistency of house style, layout, formatting, 'widowed'
or 'orphaned' lines, as well as pagination.
is infallible, so it is entirely up to the author to act on those corrections and recommendations.
I will require
a complete, typed or printed copy of your work – be it a book, pamphlet, brochure or a web-site draft
(please note I do not offer a web-site publishing service). If submitted in draft form for copy editing, this must be in double
spaced lines to allow errors to be marked up. Please do not submit (or e-mail) a computer file, as I will
have to charge for printing off a copy for marking up.
It is most important
that the author is satisfied with the final work before committing, at great expense, to the printers and binders, so if you
wish to return your corrected, or updated, version for a final check, I will be happy to oblige - but there will be a further
each client and job is different, I work on an hourly basis and, depending on the complexity and errors found in assessing
10-20 sample pages, I will offer a fair estimate of time scale and cost. Please note that the final
cost and time scale may differ somewhat if new complications are found as work progresses; I will advise if these
become a major problem. If you are happy with the initial estimate, I will require a 1/3rd deposit with the
balance (including charges for postage, unforeseen and additional work) due on completion, before returning the corrected
copy. If you decline the estimate, I will charge a nominal £10 fee, plus return postage. My current charge is £15
per hour - VAT is not charged (rates as at January 2010). Cheques payable to Barry M Jones
Small batch publishing
publications only really need monochrome (black and white) photographs and illustrations. I can offer a cost-effective low
volume, monochrome publishing/printing service of A4 and A5 leaflets, brochures, booklets etc., using high-speed laser printing,
direct from computer. Please ask!
While every reasonable care and effort is taken in proofreading, no one is infallible!
No warranty, expressed or implied, is therefore offered. The client remains responsible for accuracy and legality of their
content, legal usage of copyright material and quality of the completed work. English law applies at all times. E&OE.
For more details contact:
Unit 2, Rustic Crafts Workshop, Bixley Lane, Beckley, RYE, East
Sussex, TN31 6TH tel: 01797 260522 or email@example.com