HOBBIS

Editorial

Professional proofreading service

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Spell-check can’t spot everything! Typos which make real, but wrong, words; punctuation in the wrong place which changes the meaning; extra words which slip in by accident. 

Hobbis Editorial provides the quality control you need before your document goes to print. 

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. 

I’ll give your piece a final inspection to pick up errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and layout. We’ll work together to make your written work the best it can be, whether it be for business, study or the shelf of your local book shop!

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Businesses

Students

Authors

Just right.

Meet Jo

Jo Hobbis

Professional proofreader

Language is my passion,

so I have made it 

my profession.

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.”

Twitter @JoHobbis

Clients

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Businesses

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

  • Documents and reports
  • Brochures and marketing materials
  • Menus and price lists

I’ll make your documents shine!

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Students

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

  • Essays
  • Dissertations
  • Journal articles

 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.

Immobilienfotos

Authors

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 

Trainee vicar

Services & Pricing

Everyone’s an individual, and every client has different requirements. I offer two levels of service, charged on a ‘per word’ basis with a minimum fee of £10, but your quote will be tailored to you.

If you’re not sure which service to choose, give me a call for a chat about your project, or send me a sample (500 words or less from the middle of your text works best) and we’ll decide on a price which will please both of us.

£10 per 1000 words

Suitable for:

BUSINESS FLYERS

RESTAURANT MENUS

PREVIOUSLY EDITED COPY

STANDARD

Will check:

SPELLING

GRAMMAR

PUNCTUATION

TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS

LAYOUT CONSISTENCY

Suitable for:

BUSINESS REPORTS

DISSERTATIONS

UNEDITED COPY

ENHANCED

£15 per 1000 words

Will check:

SPELLING

GRAMMAR

PUNCTUATION

TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS

LAYOUT CONSISTENCY

TONE

CLARITY

WORD CHOICE

SENTENCE STRUCTURE

“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

How does it work?

I’ll send an email to notify you on completion, and attach your file. 

I can work in any of the three  following ways, depending on your preference:

What I do:

I WILL USE TRACK CHANGES SO YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE ALL MY AMENDMENTS AND QUERIES

What you get:

YOUR DOCUMENT WITH THE TRACK CHANGES AMENDMENTS, WHICH YOU CAN THEN CHOOSE TO ACCEPT OR OTHERWISE*

USING WORD

What I do:

I CAN USE INDUSTRY STANDARD BSI SYMBOLS, COMMENT TOOLS OR ANNOTATE BY HAND, IT’S UP TO YOU

What you get:

AN ANNOTATED DOCUMENT, SO YOU CAN CHOOSE TO IMPLEMENT MY CHANGES OR NOT*

ON PDF

What you get:

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

FILE SHARING

*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.”

Oscar Wilde

Contact me

Let’s chat and personalise your project.

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