Blogs and eBooks opened up the market for more people to self-publish information. This is an exciting time for their audiences as people consume more content than any other product on the market right now. Unfortunately, self-publishers often skimp on quality by not looking for a professional proofreading service. This can lead to misunderstandings and embarrassing typos. Here’s how to choose a good proofreading company and avoid these problems.
Verify Editor Count
Is it just one person who will proofread your work? Be sure to ask the company this question. Some will offer just one editor at a cheaper price for people looking to save money. Even professionals miss things. Work with a company that uses at least two editors.
Ask for Samples
Always ask for samples of work they have edited. Try to get a before and after, so you can get a feel for the types of changes they make. You want to work with people who improve your work, but you don’t want to lose your unique voice in the process.
Check the Field
Look for proofreaders in your field. This is especially the case for people who write fiction and highly technical topics. Both of these require editors with specific experience. Editors with a technical background are sometimes harder to come by, so expect to potentially pay a premium for their skills.
Companies often share reviews of the business on the website. Only skim through these. For an unbiased selection of reviews that includes the good and the bad, check their Google page. Yelp, TrustPilot and several other platforms may also have information to share from past customers. Look for any patterns of complaints and how the business handled criticism from its customers.
The last thing you want is for readers to question the quality of your work and your overall credibility. Using a proofreading service ensures that your work compares with other high-quality work published by professionals on the market.