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If you hire me to proofread your document, I’ll check the following:

  • Spelling and punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Layout
  • Page numbers and headings
  • Word, line, column and page breaks
  • Fonts and special characters
  • Consistency in styles
  • Line and word spaces
  • Illustrations and tables
  • The table of contents

At the proofreading stage, I won’t be doing any rephrasing of your text or adding or deleting things except where there is clearly an error to be fixed. It’ll simply be one final check to make sure your document is ready for publication. You’ll receive a marked-up file with my corrections and queries in your preferred format.

If you’d like more detailed help, you could consider my copy-editing service. Alternatively, you might prefer me to do a proof-edit.


Sometimes when clients approach an editor with a proofreading job, it turns out that the document isn’t quite ready for it yet, requiring more intervention than a simple proofread. Proof-editing is a kind of halfway house between proofreading and copy-editing and can be a particularly useful service if you need more than a proofread but don’t want a full edit.

If you’d like me to do some proof-editing for you, then as well as checking everything listed above, I’ll do a very light edit involving rephrasing your wording for clarity and consistency.

How do I work?

I proofread pdf documents using the appropriate mark-up tools. I can also
proofread in hard copy using the BS 5261C proof-correction marks.

For proof-editing, I generally use the Track Changes tool in Microsoft Word.


I prefer to quote a fixed fee per job so that you know exactly what to expect. Typically, this will be based on a rate per thousand words of between £15 and £20. If you prefer, I’m also happy to provide a quote based on an hourly rate.

If your project requires a very fast turnaround time, the rate will be increased by 50%.

For projects costing over £1,000, I require a 40% deposit from first-time clients, with the balance due on delivery.

Ready to work with me?

Please get in touch using the contact form. If you have a specific project in mind, then helpful things to mention at this stage include the type of document you’d like me to work on, the approximate word count and what sort of deadline you have. I’m also very happy to answer more general queries.
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    Anne Austin Freelance Editing Services

    The work she's done on our entire website is exceptionally remarkable. She perfectly understands what we need: correction of all text content and advice. It makes our site look very professional. We were very lucky to get Anne Austin for the editing of our website. Her experience and professionalism made a huge difference for our business. We highly recommend her for any type of project!

    Aristide Atto, Ma Nanny et Moi

    Anne was my first choice for getting my bachelor thesis proofread. She not only surprised me with the speed with which she was able to do the job, but was also incredibly helpful when it came to properly formatting my bibliography. I can't recommend her enough if you're in need of a second pair of eyes to check your writing!

    Emma Sophia, freelance animator

    Anne is a terrific proofreader, writer, editor, and publisher. She has exceptional English skills and is brilliant at transforming data and words into highly readable, well-written and engaging articles, papers, and reports. She has pulled together intelligence from across the world, synthesising it into published gems. She is super-intelligent, committed, loyal, and a thoroughly nice person. I could not recommend her more highly.

    Frank Harrison, Croft Analytics

    We have been working with Anne Austin Editing for three months now – and love it. Anne is collaborative – working with various members of our team to ensure the best piece of writing is produced. Her copy-editing insights are practical and her suggestions are well explained through real-world benefits. Being a start-up in a dynamic business sector, we need contractors who are fast, efficient and reliable – all traits Anne has shown plentifully. It is a pleasure working with her.

    Patrick Driscoll, CN-Bio