Proofreading

Proofreading Fiction

I love to proofread novels, and I am especially interested in fantasy and science fiction genres. I will read through your novel with an eye for detail and catch any errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar. I will also ensure consistency of style throughout your novel, for example making sure that each character’s name is spelled the same throughout, or pointing out any inconsistencies with word usage, punctuation, capitalization, and more. My experience proofreading includes novels, transcripts of court proceedings, email newsletters, websites, and printed promotional materials. I also have completed courses through the Editorial Freelancers Association in proofreading and copy editing.

I’ve got a great handle on grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and the mechanics of the English language. I use the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster Dictionary as my main resources when questions of usage and style come up, but I will also work with any style guide or dictionary you prefer. In addition, I will adhere to any style preferences specific to your project. I can work in Microsoft Word using Track Changes, in Google Docs, or I can mark up a printed or PDF copy.

Proofreading Court Transcripts

I proofread documents for court reporters and court reporting agencies. I highlight and flag anything that needs attention. Examples of errors and things that I will check for and flag include:

  • Missing words
  • Incorrect words and spellings
  • Punctuation or missing punctuation that interferes with readability
  • Correct names
  • Document details — times, dates, page numbers, etc.
  • Inconsistencies in word use, capitalization, spelling, etc.

I return documents as pages in PDF format, and I return only the pages on which I have made corrections. Please open the files in the current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader or the Preview program included on Macs to ensure you will see all of my markings. You should see red and yellow markings on the document. I prefer documents to be submitted to me as a PDF file, but I can also accept ASCII. If you are not sure how to print to PDF from your CAT software, try downloading CutePDF.

Hire Me

If you’d like to work with me, please email me at nikki.bollman@gmail.com