Proofreading & copy editing service

*** Scheduling bookings from Feb 1st, 2023 ***

In addition to being a USA Today bestselling author, I am also a copy editor and proofreader. Armed with my degree in Literature, a love of words, and an almost compulsive need to have things “just right” on the page, I’ve opened up my schedule to clients in need of an extra pair of eyes on their written work.

Proofreading rates

My current rates for fiction manuscripts (valid from Nov 2022) are:

  • Up to 15,000 words – $60 USD
  • 15,001 to 30,000 words – $120 USD
  • 30,001 to 45,000 words – $145 USD
  • 45,001 to 60,000 words – $175 USD
  • 60,001 to 75,000 words – $200 USD
  • 75,001 to 90,000 words – $235 USD
  • Above 90,000 words – please query

For non-fiction manuscripts, business documents or papers, marketing materials, web content or non-standard projects, please query via email for a price. To book my proofreading service, or for further information, please email: jenni@jenkatemi.com

Copy editing rates

My current rate for fiction manuscripts (valid as at Nov 2022) is $0.009 USD per word for one round of edits, with a minimum charge of $60 USD.

Client testimonials

I found Jen through the recommendation of another author, and my God am I glad I did. She’s my last line of defense before I throw my book out there into the world. And not only does she pick up each and every little mistake that snuck through the editing phase, she also always adds something positive about my story, giving me the last hit of confidence before release.

Nyssa Kathryn, Bestselling romantic suspense author

Jen is a professional and lovely editor to work with. Not only does she do a great job, she gives fantastic feedback–the good, the bad and the ugly. Which is of great value to any author. Highly recommend her.

Juliette N. Banks, Bestselling romance author

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jen Katemi’s editing services. She has an eagle eye and is an absolute delight to work with.

Stefanie London, multi-award-winning & USA Today bestselling author

I had my 75K word UF/PNR book edited twice, and Jen still managed to find lots of mistakes! Missing letters, punctuation and more! I couldn’t recommend a better proofreader! She does an awesome and meticulous job!

Amelia Shaw, USA Today bestselling author

Jen’s experience as an author shines through in her generous feedback. I’m a better writer for having worked with her and her work compared to other proofreaders I’ve used goes far beyond mere proofreading. I have the utmost trust in Jen’s work and I don’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone considering her services.

Katerina Simms, romance author & RWA Emerald Award finalist

I have used Jen Katemi for five books as well as a host of short stories. The editing service is efficient, reasonably priced and routinely done in the time frame agreed. Highly recommended.

Sean Deville, apocalyptic horror fiction author

Not only does Jen have a talented eagle eye for detail (she can spot a typo a mile away), she is a master with the written word. You can be sure that your book will be word-perfect after she’s worked her magic. I fully recommend Jen for any proofreading work you need done.

Charmaine Ross, international bestselling author of romance fiction

I’m thrilled with Jen’s proofreading service. She was fast, thorough and helped make my manuscript shine!

Lauren Harbor, award-winning author of romance fiction

Jen provided a fast, professional and accurate proofread of marketing materials for my private occupational therapy practice. I highly recommend her service if you’re looking for quality work and superb attention to detail.

Wendy, Occupational Therapist

Frequently Asked Questions

What items can be proofread?

Anything in written form can be proofread. My service most commonly proofs fiction manuscripts, business papers and submissions, marketing materials, non-fiction manuscripts and website content.

If you have a project that you believe would benefit from an extra pair of eyes on your final draft to pick up any errors in relation to spelling, grammar, punctuation or typography, please query via email.

Is proofreading the same as editing?

No. The terms are often used interchangeably, but there are differences in what these services include. There are different types of editing services, too.

A developmental or content editor might work with the writer to improve content, story structure, theme, character development and style. Think of it as more of an overarching view. I do not offer this level of editing service.

A copy or line editor (these terms are sometimes used interchangeably) will work with the writer to polish the mechanics of the story, sharpen the prose on the page, ensure consistency and basically ensure the work is ready to publish or submit. This is the level of editing service I offer.

If I get a copy edit, do I need a proofread?

Proofreading is the final stage of your manuscript preparation. It is particularly useful if you have made changes to your manuscript based on suggestions from an editor. A proofreader will look at the final draft of your work and check things such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, typography and formatting, to pick up any of those pesky little errors that can sometimes slip through despite everyone’s best efforts.

What are your turnaround times?

For proofreading, my turnaround time from the booked date is usually 2-4 days (depending on length of MS).

For copy editing, my turnaround time from the booked date is usually 4-6 days (depending on length of MS and level of work required).

How do I pay?

I use PayPal to issue invoices and receive payment.

Can I request US, UK or AU spelling and grammar?

Yes! Just let me know which you prefer prior to commencement of your job.

“As a writer myself, I know that we put our heart and soul into our written words. A professional proofreader can help ensure that your final product is the best it can be – concise, clear and error-free.”

Jen Katemi, USA Today bestselling author