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Professional editor for large publishing houses with nearly 30 years of editing experience in both British and English grammar.
Proofreading of ANY genre and ANY length for only $1 per page and completed in 1-2 weeks.
Editing of ANY genre and ANY length for only $3 per page and completed in 1-2 weeks. Includes a full proofread!
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Proofreading and editing are often confusing, usually expensive, and always necessary. But you wouldn't be on this page if you didn't already know that. So let's try and clear up the confusion a little bit and explain what we can do for your book at a price you can afford.

The truth is authors just aren't capable of analyzing their own work; that's why even seasoned authors like James Patterson and even professional editors who write a book hire someone else to edit and proofread it. The analyst must be objective, because when authors read their own work their minds will add missing words or letters, creating not only typos, but sometimes gaps in the story itself.

The simple difference between an edit and a proofread is when you finish your book you first need an edit, where a literary professional identifies story-related problems like plot, character development, POV, inconsistencies, omissions, redundancies, and a host of other components. You then take those suggestions and notes and fine tune your book so it is the best it can be. Now that it is written well, it needs to be polished, which is what a proofread does. It is a line by line examination of your book to find those nasty typos and grammatical errors that make your book look unprofessional and takes readers out of your story.

In an ideal world editing and proofreading would be inexpensive enough to be available to all authors. But these services take the sharp eye of a seasoned literary expert. As such, proofreading can cost as much as $5 per page and editing as much as $10-20 per page. At these prices it is no wonder most authors elect to perform these crucial steps themselves. Sadly, their book, and sales, suffer as a result.

Readers' Favorite has been fortunate enough to find a wonderful editor willing to provide these critical services at a fraction of normal rates. She started as a one of our volunteer reviewers, offering her time to help authors, which she has done all her life. And now she is offering her writing services as well.

Carol Thompson has been writing, editing, and proofreading for 28 years. She has been an editor for both medium and large publishing houses, as well as a freelance writer and editor for most of her life. Her editing and proofreading experience includes all genres and she follows the most recent publishing industry standards guidelines from The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition and Strunk and White 4th Edition.

Also a news reporter, Carol has won over three dozen writing awards and is the 2006 recipient of the Syracuse, NY Press Clubs prestigious Selwin Kershaw Professional Standards award. Although now semi-retired, she is still helping authors by providing her services at dramatically discounted rates for Readers' Favorite.

With Carol's generous help, Readers' Favorite can now offer the same quality proofread or edit you would receive at a big publisher like Random House at prices that will fit the budget of most authors.
Proofreading - $1 per page
Proofreading corrects spelling, punctuation, paragraph, margin, and table of contents, as well as light grammar that includes the eight basic parts of speech: verbs, nouns, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, and determiner usage. Proofreaders also look for repeated words, omitted words, and improper word usage.
BONUS: 1 month in our Featured Book rotator. If your book has been reviewed by Readers' Favorite we will add your book in our Featured Book rotator for 1 month. Otherwise you can request a free review and we will put your book in the rotator when your review is complete.

Editing - $3 per page
Editing identifies issues with character and plot development, dialogue, POV, inconsistencies, omissions, redundancies, tense agreement, syntax, voice, clarity, pacing, dialogue, and sentence structure.
BONUS: Full proofread included with your edit. Although an edit deals primarily with the mechanics of your story and almost never includes a detailed proofread, Carol will include a full proofread with her edit of your book. This means your completed edit will have all proofreading and editing corrections for you to review. This will allow you to fix, improve and polish your book for a fraction of what you would normally pay anywhere else.
BONUS: 3 months in our Featured Book rotator. If your book has been reviewed by Readers' Favorite we will add your book in our Featured Book rotator for 3 months. Otherwise you can request a free review and we will put your book in the rotator when your review is complete.

Calculating your page count
The average number of words for a printed page range from 250 to 300. We use the high end of 300 words per page so there are fewer pages, which saves you money. Please enter your book's word count in the form below to see exactly what your proofread or edit will cost. Your word processor will have an option to display your word count. If you can't find it, Google your word processor's name and "word count" for instructions.

How does this service work?
Simply complete the form below and attach your book as a Word Document. Carol will make changes using Microsoft Word's "Track Changes" feature. In 1-2 weeks you will get your book back with notes and suggested changes indicated in red. You can then accept or reject each change and address any comments Carol has included. PLEASE NOTE: Currently we cannot accept any manuscripts that contain graphic sexual acts of a violent or illegal nature.

Promotion in our Featured Book rotator

Featured Book RotatorWe will add your book cover to the Featured Book rotator for 1 month with your proofread service or 3 months with an editing service order. Our Featured Book rotator is at the top left of every page on our site and rotates randomly through all our Featured Books. When a book cover is clicked it will take the visitor to the book's Readers' Favorite review page.

It is positioned to attract the attention of our thousands of weekly visitors, many of whom are agents, publishers and publicists who are here viewing reviews we have done for their authors or submitting requests for new reviews. We are also visited by bloggers and journalists who have read our press releases and are visiting to see our award-winning books, as well as authors and people just looking for a good book to read.

We do not sell this advertising space; we provide it to our authors as a perk for purchasing any of our Author Services to help them promote their book. By not selling the space we keep the number of images down, which provides those in the rotator more screen time.


George Patrick Dovel
George Dovel "I wholeheartedly recommend Carol! She brings a wealth of publishing industry experience to the job (which can alert writers to nuances they might not be aware of), she accommodated my slightly uncertain and unstable schedule with grace, and she just flat knows her stuff. A true pro in every sense and a pleasure to work with."

George Patrick Dovel is the author of historical novels and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and has worked in educational publishing.

Dale Kutzera
Dale Kutzera "Carol did a great job giving my middle-grade novel a final once-over edit. She has a good editorial eye and made smart suggestions based on her knowledge of this genre and marketplace."

Writer and filmmaker Dale Kutzera worked as a screenwriter for over ten years on shows like "Without a Trace" and is the author of the bestselling Andy McBean series.

Mark Remus
Marc Remus "Carol caught a lot of errors in my manuscript and helped to improve the book greatly. She is an expert in children's literature and a wonderful editor. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their book."

Mark Remus is a German pop artist and illustrator known for his children’s magazine cover illustrations, and is the author of the Magora young adult book series.

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