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The Proofreading Room

Professional proofreading services

Spelling and grammatical errors letting you down? Not sure where to use a comma or a colon? This is where professional proofreading comes in.

Based in Ireland, I have clients across the globe and I’m just away. You can be assured of the highest level of quality you’ll only get from a professional proofreader. I am proud to be a full member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers in Ireland.

What is proofreading?

Proofreading – what is it? It’s polishing your writing so the reader is not distracted by errors of spelling, grammar and punctuation. It’s the quality control that commercial publishers use.

Who uses proofreading services?

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Professional proofreaders work with a wide range of different clients. Wordhouse is used by:

  • publishers
  • companies, NGOs and small businesses
  • writers of non-fiction
  • translation agencies
  • copywriters, including web content writers
  • academic authors

In fact, almost anyone who produces written words needs a proofreader. This is especially true for those with English as a second language where Wordhouse is gaining an international reputation. and I’ll be glad to discuss your project. I can work with MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint, or PDF documents, in UK or US English.

Why use a proofreader?

Why do you need a proofreader when there’s spelling and grammar check facility on your computer?
Quite simply, because that won’t catch everything and in fact, for some words it’s incorrect. It won’t pick up the differences between ‘there’ ‘their’ and ‘they’re’. Your spellchecker won’t tell you that you have the wrong word entirely (for example, ‘wary’ instead of ‘weary’, or ‘diary’ instead of ‘dairy’). It may tell you a spelling is wrong, when in fact it is right – or vice versa. The one I use is confused over the correct use of ‘its’ and ‘it’s’.

Bloggers – have your blog proofread, and it will be read and shared by more of the right people; your next customers. Using a freelance proofreader will reduce those online negative comments that pick out all the mistakes and don’t mention the content.

Writers – whether commercially or self-published, proofreading can make all the difference. It can affect acceptance, success and ultimately sales. The market is overcrowded so give your manuscript the best chance by using a professional proofreader.

Small businesses – a proofreader will make sure that your image is protected and enhanced by producing error-free documents. This could be anything from presentation material to restaurant menus if that’s what you do. Anything, in fact, that others will read so you look like you mean business!

Academic authors – publication of books, or papers in journals, is becoming more competitive. Give your research paper or book a better chance of acceptance by submitting a document with the highest standard of spelling, grammar and punctuation.

‘Virtual’ and hybrid services

 For companies and NGOs, I can offer virtual proofreading – frequent, short documents that can be turned round in less than an hour at no notice. Or there’s the new hybrid service – you might need more than just proofreading or you’re not sure which service is appropriate.