Trained by the Publishing Training Centre, I can use the industry standard BSI proofreading marks, Track Changes in Word or PDF comment tools. I’ll work on any of three digital formats, depending on your requirements.
As a member of the SfEP, I take my craft seriously, and I’ll always offer you a professional service.
Hi, I’m Jo Hobbis and I’m a professionally trained proofreader. Essentially, that means I am an officially qualified stickler for detail. I love nothing more than getting my head stuck into a document, spotting the errors and finding solutions; it’s like a therapeutic puzzle for me. By the time I’ve finished, the piece should be free from errors, read more fluently and look more beautiful on the page.
Before I discovered proofreading, I spent 20 years working in television, 15 of those creating the text on graphics for Sky and the BBC.
Let me be clear, there is no margin for error in telly. I mean none. Absolutely zero. If you make a typo on a TV graphic - spell someone’s name wrong, mistype a programme title - millions of people will spot it, and let you know! We all know how much fun it is to watch TV go wrong - Denis Norden made a career out of it. So I’m used to working under pressure while delivering a high degree of accuracy. And of course it must be on time, delivery tomorrow is no good if the programme is happening today.
My love of literature, and a natural ability for spelling and grammar, led me to achieve an A Grade in my English A Level. From there I went on to study English & Creative Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Creative writing was a significant part of the course, so I understand how personal the creative process can be and the value in allowing the author’s unique voice to be heard.
In my spare time, I love to get outside and enjoy the countryside with my young family. We have a wonderful motorhome which has been the centre point for many a great adventure. And what could be more relaxing than sitting next to the camper with a cup of tea and a good book?
“I love nothing more than getting my head stuck into a document, spotting the errors and finding solutions; it’s like a therapeutic puzzle for me.”
Spelling, grammar and presentation isn’t everyone’s strong point, but it is important.
Customers can be distracted and put off by errors. Allow me to polish your
I’ll make your documents shine!
After years of study, you want your final piece to be word perfect and free from errors. It’s not always easy to spot those errors and typos yourself, so send me your
I will highlight mistakes and allow you to make the final decision, so the work is still your own.
I have a particular interest in Media Studies and English Literature.
Are you self-publishing? Perhaps you have the first chapter of a book and want it to be error-free before approaching a publisher? I’d love to work with you on your
I understand the importance of letting your voice be heard, so I’ll never make changes you don’t agree to.
“Thank you Jo for your support in proofreading my portfolio. Your comments in the margins were very helpful and the turn around time was commendable. I was encouraged by your professionalism and dedication.”
Revd. Nathan Kiyaga
£10 per 1000 words
PREVIOUSLY EDITED COPY
£15 per 1000 words
“Thank you very much for your diligent work proofreading our contracts. It is important we get these documents presented correctly and I just do not have the time (or expertise!) to deal with this myself. I will have no issues recommending your services which were prompt and most professional.”
Leo Nickells MNAEA
Director - Taylors Estate Agents, Torbay
What I do:
I WILL USE TRACK CHANGES SO YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE ALL MY AMENDMENTS AND QUERIES
YOUR DOCUMENT WITH THE TRACK CHANGES AMENDMENTS, WHICH YOU CAN THEN CHOOSE TO ACCEPT OR OTHERWISE*
What I do:
I CAN USE INDUSTRY STANDARD BSI SYMBOLS, COMMENT TOOLS OR ANNOTATE BY HAND, IT’S UP TO YOU
AN ANNOTATED DOCUMENT, SO YOU CAN CHOOSE TO IMPLEMENT MY CHANGES OR NOT*
EASY ACCESS TO YOUR DOCUMENT, AND THE ABILITY TO SEE WHAT I’M DOING AND WHEN
ALL I ASK IS THAT YOU DON’T ACCEPT OR DECLINE ANY CHANGES UNTIL I TELL YOU I’VE COMPLETED THE JOB*
What I do:
USING GOOGLE DOCS, I WILL MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR DOCUMENT AS SUGGESTIONS
*Payment for my service is required upon completion, regardless of how many amendments you choose to accept.
“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”
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