Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Proofreading and Editing FAQ
Below are answers to questions we frequently receive about proofreading, editing, style sheets, hiring practices, and more. If your question does not appear below or the answer is not satisfactory, please contact us.
FAQ: How fast can you proofread my document(s)?
Depending on the length of your printed matter, you could have it proofread and edited in as little as 2-12 hours. Our fast turnaround time has benefited many creative groups, college students, large companies, lawyers, and those with immediate proofreading and editing needs. Please contact us for fast editing and proofreading services.
FAQ: What is copyediting and how does it differ from proofreading?
Copyediting is the process of making your document easy to understand and easy to read. A good copyeditor will also proofread your document as he or she is going through the material. Learn more about copyediting.
FAQ: Are my documents kept confidential?
Without question! All of our proofreaders have signed our in-house NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) and we will be happy to sign one that you or your legal team has drafted as well. The Proofreaders is only interested in proofreading and editing your documents. Once completed, they will remain on our in-house servers for a limited period, after which time they will be deleted.
FAQ: With which types of proofreading styles are you familiar?
Our talented proofreading and editing specialists are familiar with the most common proofreading styles, including but not limited to:
- AP Style – Associated Press
- APA Style – American Psychological Association
- CMS – Chicago Manual of Style by the University of Chicago Press Staff
- MLA Style – Modern Language Association
- AMA Manual of Style by JAMA and Archives Journals
- Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications
Upon request, our proofreaders can follow the guidelines of a specific style guide that you provide. Learn more about proofreading styles or contact us.
FAQ: How can I be sure you haven't missed anything?
Our comprehensive proofreading checklist ensures editing accuracy on every document. We cover the entire range of proofreading and editing components, including:
This all-inclusive proofreading checklist is designed to catch every possible error, whether resulting from late-night typing, forgotten English, English as a second language, or other reasons. Our proofreaders and editors are extremely knowledgeable and will not only correct your documents, but also offer understandable explanations so you can avoid making the same mistake in the future.
FAQ: What are your credentials?
The Proofreaders is led by Lulu Murphy, MCIT, who has been proofreading and editing documents since 1995.
The team of professional proofreaders, editors, and award-winning American writers at The Proofreaders have years of experience marking up and correcting errors on documents for businesses, law firms, creative groups, medical professionals, publishers, students, content writers, website designers, the entertainment industry, large and small corporations, and individuals.
The team’s credentials includes the common style guides such as AP, APA, CMS, MLA, and more. You can engage The Proofreaders’ services for proofreading, editing, manual comparisons, very large jobs, and rush projects.
For more information, please contact us.
FAQ: Where are you located?
The Proofreaders is located in the United States.
The Proofreaders, LLC
842 Durham Road, POB 427
Penns Park, PA 18943
All of our proofreaders are located here; nothing is ever outsourced. You can always speak to the manager or, if needed, your actual proofreader. You will notice that he or she will not have a foreign accent and is very articulate. Your document’s comments and corrections by The Proofreaders will reflect the same type of expertise.
FAQ: Do you accept debit or credit cards?
Yes. We accept most major credit cards and PayPal. From bank transfers to debit and credit cards, our payment gateway screen requires you to enter a limited amount of information and then immediately processes your payment.
FAQ: How much do your proofreading and editing services cost?
For most documents that need proofreading only, The Proofreaders charges by the word, giving you the benefit of knowing up front how much your project will cost. For editing services, (rewrites), or unconventional and/or technical proofreading, an hourly rate will apply. Most of our clients have a fixed budget within which we try to work. Don’t publish or turn in an un-proofread document because of price – contact The Proofreaders for a custom quote. Please refer to our Pricing Guide for greater detail.
FAQ: How do I get started?
Simply contact The Proofreaders to learn about the company’s proofreading services and secure a project estimate. Once received, you will need to “accept” the estimate. Once accepted, (in most cases) payment in full is required before any work can begin. You will be sent an invoice with online payment options.
- Please read What to Expect which outlines the proofreading process.
- Payments can be made either using the secured online payment gateway accessible from your online invoice.
- Corporations or established clients may apply for credit by downloading our Credit Application. Payments terms are Net 15 from the date of service.
For more information about proofreading services, including the need for a book editor, copyediting, document comparison, essay editor, essay proofreading, paper editor, proofreading checklist, website proofreading, academic proofreading, legal proofreading, or the answer to “How much does proofreading cost?“— please contact us.