Proofreading Services

By Gabriel Danes

Proofreading Services

Gabriel Danes – the name behind the author Laura Taylor – also offers proofreading services for fiction writers, be that novels, novellas or short stories. As an author himself, he knows how important it is to have a professionally polished work, and how frustrating it can be to spend hours searching for mistakes, only to realise that you’ve still missed some. Gabriel has spent years refining his proofreading skills to offer you a professional service at an affordable price.


What is proofreading?

Proofreading is, in simple terms, about finding the spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors in a written work. It is about the nitty-gritty details of each word and each sentence. It can also include pointing out minor style issues, such as long, run-on sentences, although it does not delve into the process of rewriting or restyling text. Proofreading is generally the last stage in writing before publishing a project.


What proofreading is not…

Proofreading and editing are often confused with each other. Editing is an in-depth look at the style, character or plot development, themes or other overarching aspects of a project. There can be several different stages and levels of editing.
Proofreading, by contrast:

  • Does not help develop characters
  • Does not help develop plot points
  • Does not address writing style
  • Does not address story continuity

If you are needing help with any of these areas, please contact an editor who specializes in the area you are working in.


Types of works accepted

Gabriel most commonly proofreads fictional books, whether they are novels, novellas, short stories or anthologies. He will accept most genres, with a few exceptions:

  • No Horror
  • No excessive violence or gore
  • No non-fiction or academic works

He will accept:

  • Mild or moderate violence
  • Sexually explicit works

There is no limit to how long or short a project can be, but prices and time frames may vary depending on length.



Each work will be assessed for cost when you request a quote. Prices may vary depending on the length of the work, whether you have a tight deadline, how many mistakes the work contains, or other factors.
However, as a general guide only, charges are around $5.00 AUD per 1000 words. Based on this price, indicative costs for longer works would be:

  • 10,000 words $50 AUD
  • 20,000 words $100 AUD
  • 50,000 words $250 AUD
  • 80,000 words $400 AUD
  • 100,000 words $500 AUD

(In the recent past, $1 AUD has typically converted to $0.65-$0.77 USD, though rates may fluctuate over time. Please check currency conversion rates with your own bank for more information.)

All payments are via paypal.

How does the process work?


Every proofreader has their own process and requirements, and Gabriel may not have the same process as other proofreaders you have worked with.

Step 1: Quoting and assessing the work
Please submit a query via email with a brief project description, genre, project length (word count) and required time frame. You can also ask any questions you might have.
Gabriel will then assess the project, and if it can proceed, he will request a sample of the project to assess the quality of the writing (typically the first chapter). He may also request details of any specific style or punctuation preferences you have – for example, British vs American spelling. Following this, he will send back a quote and a time frame of when the project can be completed. If you accept the quote and the time frame, an invoice will follow.

Step 2: Deposit paid.
A 50% deposit is required for all projects, and work will not begin until deposit is received. Payment is via paypal. All prices are in Australian dollars (AUD).

Step 3: Proofreading
The project must be provided in Microsoft Word format. Gabriel uses the ‘track changes’ function within Word so that you can see all changes made, giving you complete control over your project. Projects will generally be finished within two weeks of the agreed start date. Start dates will depend on availability and volume of other work already contracted. Longer projects may take extra time, but this will be negotiated during the quotation stage. Urgent deadlines may be available at extra cost.

Step 4: Delivery
The marked-up work will be emailed to you for checking. By using Word’s ‘track changes’ function, you are able to accept or reject any suggested changes, and read any comments made about why changes were suggested or queries made about particular details.

Step 5: Revisions (if required)
If you have any concerns or queries, please let Gabriel know. It’s very important that you are happy and confident in the work performed. Minor revisions or explanations of suggested changes are included in the quoted price. However, significant rewrites will not be assessed without further charge.

IMPORTANT: Please note that it is not possible to guarantee that every single mistake will be found during the proofreading process. Proofreaders are only human and there have been instances of a book being read by three different proofreaders, only to end up still having a couple of errors! We work hard to find as many errors as possible, however we cannot guarantee 100% perfection.

Step 6: Final payment
Once you are happy with the project, you will receive an invoice for the final 50% payment for the project, which will be payable within two weeks of the date of the invoice.

Contact info:

To request a quote or discuss a project, please email: (Yes, this is where you contact Gabriel – Laura Taylor is merely a pseudonym. Trust me, I’ll get the email.)

Please include a brief project description, the genre, word count, and requested completion date, along with any other pertinent notes or questions.