What is Proofreading?

So you have a manuscript you’re very proud of and are looking to publish, but let’s be honest: you’ve been staring at the thing for so long, reading and editing and reworking over and over and over, that you can’t see your mistakes anymore. So you might be missing a typo here, a missing article there, some subject-verb disagreement every once in a while, but you just can’t tell anymore. This is when having a fresh pair of eyes look at your manuscript comes in handy, and that is what a proofreader does: find and fix those small errors so that your manuscript is ready for publication.

How It Works

You send me your manuscript, and I read through it with a critical eye, correcting small errors, making comments if anything is not clear or reads weirdly, or marking revisions that would require further input on your part. This is all done through the Track Changes functionality in Microsoft Word.

The cost of a proofread will depend on the length of your manuscript. I strongly recommend that you only get your work proofread if your manuscript has already gone through a full edit; proofreading is meant as the very last step in the editing process and is not intended to fix character, plot, or style issues. If your manuscript is difficult to read or understand, or I believe if requires a more involved revision than a simple proofread, I reserve the right to postpone your proofread until after you’ve had it edited. I can refer you to a freelance editor if needed.


A proofread will cost you $0.004 USD (0.4 cents) per word, or a base fee of $40 USD if it’s under 10,000 words. For manuscripts over 10,000 words, a $40 USD non-refundable deposit will be charged upon receipt, and the rest upon completion.

I will proofread journalistic, academic, or workplace articles and reports, schoolwork of any kind, or other similar non-narrative manuscripts on a per-case basis, but I will not do any science revisions as part of that service. Please note that while I aim for a 95% error catch rate at the minimum, it is impossible for any proofreader to catch every single error, especially on large manuscripts. More than one round of proofreading (preferably from two different proofreaders) is always recommended.

Work Termination, Returns, and Refunds

Freaking Narnia does not sell or offer material goods; only editorial and consulting services are provided. As such, we do not conduct any business through physical mail. All exchange of data, including manuscripts and any documents generated as a product of science consulting, proofreading, and beta reading, is done electronically, in most cases via email. As such, Freaking Narnia does not offer returns of material goods of any kind, including items physically mailed to us.

Completion dates and deadlines for all projects will be agreed upon with the client before the start of work, also via email. For any email inquiries, we will try our hardest to get back to you within 24 hours, but please afford a maximum of 72 hours for a response. If you have not heard back from us in over 72 hours, feel free to reach out again.

Any payments received are non-refundable. A project may be terminated at any time, and payment will only be required for work already completed up to the date of termination. All work completed prior to termination of service must be paid at the agreed-upon rate. Any completed work shall be delivered upon payment. Deposits are non-refundable.