As a proofreader, I act as the last sanity check before your words go to print/online. It's my job to check for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
I look for inconsistencies in style and content. I make sure all the pages, tables, graphs, pictures etc. are all there, in the right places and correctly numbered or referenced. And finally, I check that any changes made by a copy editor (if used) have been made.
I am happy to work in all subject areas, either on screen or on paper. For publishers or typesetters, I can use BSI proofreading symbols, blind or against copy.
I am not a copy editor. If you're not sure whether you need a proofreader or a copy editor, the SfEP provides a good explanation of the distinction between the two.
I've worked in communications in one form or another – from event management to marketing, PR to analyst relations – all my working life. All of these roles had one common thread of getting the right message across in the most appropriate way. Key to this is accuracy.
Marketing/advertising materials for a leading integrated marketing communications agency
An autobiographical self-help book
Patient information leaflets for a major regional NHS Trust
Website text for new business venture
Powerpoint slide deck for pharma R&D company
Conference handbook for Limmud, national educational conference
Happy to work in any subject area, particularly:
There's one line in Natalie Weiner's website that caught my eye, and confirmed that she was the proofreader I'd been looking for: ‘I act as the last sanity check before your words go to print.’ I knew there and then that Natalie understands the complexities of the publishing process and realises what a responsible role a proofreader has – and she's been as good as her word. She offers a thorough, professional and efficient service; is flexible on her scheduling and her fees are competitive. What more could you ask for? I highly recommend her.Lorna Howarth, Editorial Director, The Write Factor
Natalie proofread and lightly edited the website text for my new business venture. Her approach was professional and friendly, and her attention to detail helped me to achieve the polished, impactful, professional text I was aiming for. Natalie provided an efficient and effective service. I look forward to collaborating with her again in the future, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to others.Gabriela Lungu, Founder, WINGS Creative Leadership Lab
Natalie was diligent, keen, accurate, alert, very proactive, and a real leader of the proofing team that had been pulled together with no previous collaborative experience. She ensured consistency across the team with great communication, and was a great asset under an enormous amount of time pressure.Editor, Limmud Conference Handbook 2016
Massive thank you to Natalie. I was desperate to get something proof read very urgently. Although Natalie had a busy schedule she got back to me in a couple of hours. Amazing service and delighted with the outcome.Debbie Stewart, TimeOut4Me
Pricing is based around the SfEP's suggested minimum rate, however every job and situation is different. Quotes are based on various factors specific to a job, such as length, complexity and quality of content.
If you would like a no obligation quote for your proofreading, I will need the following information:
I will also ask for a sample of the copy (from the middle, if it is a lengthy project). This will give a good idea of the level of work required and how long it might take. The recommended sample length is a few thousand words, about 5-10% of the total word count.
A minimum rate of £30 applies for any job under 2,000 words.