About me

I’m Mel Broughton and I have always had a love for the written word and a head for detail. I worked for 23 years in the energy industry, working in internal communications and quality checking external publications, before going freelance. I now write publicity articles for various community groups when I’m not editing.

There are many proofreaders and copy-editors out there, but finding the right one can be a minefield and sometimes intimidating. I offer a bespoke, personable service with a simple pricing system based on your needs. And, if writing is not your style, I offer a writing service as well. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and can offer you the reassurance of an excellent standard of service and fair charges.

So, why employ a proofreader/copy-editor?

Have you ever read an article which just didn’t ‘read right’? You couldn’t quite put your finger on it, but it didn’t look so great? Or, have you read a book and had to re-read a sentence, or a paragraph a few times before it made sense? You don’t have to be a grammar buff to reject the authority of something which doesn’t look quite right. Just a small inaccuracy could be enough to damage a reputation and turn away readers. A well-structured, easy-to-read document will enable you to influence your audience more effectively; allowing you to successfully communicate your message in exactly the way you want.

Whatever your project may be – whether it’s a report, sales brochure, magazine, newsletter, or novel – my keen attention to detail will ensure that your writing avoids any slip-ups or glitches and has a professional feel.

Do you need a proofreader or a copy-editor?

These two services frequently get confused with one another. In short, a proofreader will be on the lookout for minor text and formatting errors after content has been designed and prepared for publishing – i.e. the ‘proof’. A proofreader will review documents for spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, typographical faults and any other inaccuracy. A copy-editor will check material before this stage. The copy-editor will look for and change any errors in punctuation, grammar and style, as well as doing some basic fact and sense-checking (correct names, dates, etc.).

Service

Proofreading Services

When proofreading your document, I will check and rectify:

  • Spellings and typographical mistakes
  • Punctuation and grammar
  • Layout issues such as page numbering, consistency with headings, placement of graphics and tables, and more.

Editing Services

When editing your document, I will do all of the above plus:

  • Research to check facts (correct dates, names etc)
  • Provide usage and style correction, ensuring consistency
  • Offer solutions to awkward phrasing
  • Flag and offer remedies for unclear or confusing language
  • Optimise your message for your chosen audience.

Prices

Proofreading
I charge £8.00 for the first 1,000 words and £6.00 per 1,000 words thereafter.

Editing
I charge £12.00 for the first 1,000 words, then prices start from £7.00 per 1,000 thereafter. If you are an author of a substantial text, I will ask for a sample of your work before offering a quote to ensure that my prices are an accurate reflection of the work needed.

Writing
I charge £30.00 for the first 500 words and £15.00 per 500 words thereafter.

Contact me

If you have any questions, please contact me by calling 07305 080511 emailing enquiries@momentofproof.co.uk or by using the contact form.

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