Proofreading looks specifically at grammar, spelling, and internal consistency within a manuscript. References are checked and formatting is applied throughout the manuscript. Since proofreading is the final stage of the editing process, its end goal is to set up the manuscript as a seamless, professional quality print file that is ready for publication. Proofreading service includes the creation of a personalized style sheet, which is a record of editorial decisions made during the process (if one hasn't already been created during line- & copyediting).
Since proofreading is the final step before publication, this service is for authors who 100% ready to publish and who do not intend to make further changes to their book but want a final pair of eyes to find any typos or glaring mistakes that may have slipped by during previous editing stages.
Resources: Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Ed., Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
During proofreading I will focus on:
Consistency of grammar and spelling
Missing or repeated words
Proofreading is completed using either Track Changes in Word or tools for marking up PDF proofs. Authors are responsible for accepting/rejecting all changes to the manuscript unless they have requested a "clean" copy of their manuscript with all changes accepted. Please note, proofreading is not a substitute for editing.