Proofreading & copy editing service

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 as at July 2021) are:

  • Up to 15,000 words – $55 USD
  • 15,001 to 30,000 words – $95 USD
  • 30,001 to 45,000 words – $120 USD
  • 45,001 to 60,000 words – $145 USD
  • 60,001 to 75,000 words – $170 USD
  • 75,001 to 90,000 words – $200 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 July 2021) is $0.007 USD per word, with a minimum charge of $50 USD.

Combo package discount – copy edit and proofread

Please message me at: jenni@jenkatemi.com to discuss a discounted package rate for both copy/line edit and proofread in one.

Client testimonials

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!

Author writing as Amelia Shaw

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, 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 two days (depending on length of MS).

For copy editing, my turnaround time from the booked date is usually three to four 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