Every publisher in the country sends a manuscript to a proofreader before publication (whether in print or as an ebook) for a very good reason: no matter how many times you’ve read a book, there will always be mistakes remaining. Only an experienced professional proofreader can give the final quality check to a book to ensure a polished and professional product.
Proofreading involves checking text for mistakes and inconsistencies. It does not look to improve the writing style (that falls under the copy-editing service). It is the final stage in the ebook writing process, and an important one if you want to be taken seriously as a writer.
At Ebooks by Design we recognise the paramount importance of proofreading prior to ebook conversion and publication. That’s why we’ve partnered up with a highly experienced and reputable proofreader so that your ebook is in safe and capable hands.
Charlie Wilson, The Book Specialist, has worked with hundreds of authors over the years as a proofreader, editor and writer. She works for top UK publishers such as John Wiley & Sons and Routledge, Taylor & Francis, proofreading books to ensure accuracy and consistency in the language. Charlie remains respectful of the author’s style in her proofreading work, but finds and corrects mistakes and inconsistencies missed by the author – indeed, her clients are often astonished by how many they had missed!
To find out more about Charlie’s proofreading service, click the logo below.
Copy-editing gets the very best from your text. It goes a step further than proofreading, which corrects mistakes and inconsistencies in spelling, punctuation and grammar, and looks to improve the text. Even the best authors work with a publishing copy editor prior to publication because it ensures a well-written, clear, readable and polished book.
Copy-editing can range from light to intensive, depending on need and preference. The copy editor looks at elements such as clarity, flow, sense, sentence structures, paragraphing, repetition and rhythm, working to create text that reads well and is easily understood.
Ebooks by Design believe in helping clients create a professional ebook they can be proud of, which is why we have teamed up with a capable copy editor so that you can ensure your text is in great shape before conversion and publication. Charlie Wilson, The Book Specialist, is an experienced freelance editor with a large client base, ranging from publishers and authors to organisations and government bodies. A published author herself (she’s quite literally written the book on how to be a freelance editor), she understands how it feels to be edited, and she is respectful and sensitive in her copy-editing. She changes what needs to be changed, but doesn’t trample on authors’ style.
In addition, you may feel that you need higher level services than copy-editing. Copy-editing focuses on language and style improvement only; it doesn’t look at the big picture of a book and how you may improve the structure or meaning. For higher level input, you may consider development editing, in which Charlie helps you develop your book as well as copy-editing it; a book critique, in which Charlie advises you how to develop the book prior to copy-editing; or perhaps even ghostwriting, if you’d like a professional writer to pen your ebook.
To find out more about Charlie’s copy-editing service, and other services, click the logo below.