Proofreading is the final step every manuscript should go through before it’s submitted for publishing. Our experienced proofreaders will correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. We use the Chicago Manual of Style.

Changes are made in-text via Word’s Track Changes. Please send your manuscript as a Word or Google Doc, 12 pt, Times New Roman, 1” margins, double spaced.

If you have questions about our process or one of our editors, please email us at hello@saltandsagebooks.com!

Meet the Proofreaders

Carrie Jacks

Carrie Jacks

Carrie loves the entire process of publishing a novel—from developing that brand new, exciting idea to formatting the words to look perfect on the page.She is sometimes intimidated by editing her own words, but she loves to read other writers’ works in progress to help make them the best they can be. Read More

Prefers
Young Adult  Fantasy  Dystopian  Romcom 
Avoids
Dark Horror  Heavy Sci-Fi  Erotica 
Melli

Melli

Melli champions diverse books, both in her day job at a Big Five publishing house and as a freelance sensitivity reader. It is powerful when representation is done well, and Melli is committed to helping authors portray characters, settings, and lived experiences authentically so that readers can see themselves reflected in stories.

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Prefers
Fiction  YA  Middle Grade  Romcom 
Avoids
Horror 
Jeigh Meredith

Jeigh Meredith

Jeigh is a copy editor with several years of experience. She is super quick and super accurate. Her fiction placed first in the LDStorymakers

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Prefers
Young adult  regency  middle grade  fantasy 
Avoids
Erotica 
Sara Olds

Sara Olds

Writer, mother—grandmother now too!, teacher, traveler and equestrian—Sara believes in making the most of the great loves in her life.

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Prefers
Romance  Romcom  Action Adventure  Murder Mysteries  Fantasy  Historical  Science Fiction  Military  Young Adult  Childrens 
Avoids
Horror  Dark  Erotica 
Neha Patel

Neha Patel

Neha loves playing around with words to weave engaging sentences that tell meaningful tales. As an editor, she insists on using Oxford commas but will allow sentences to end with prepositions. But hey, it’s all about helping writers tell their incredible stories to readers.

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Prefers
Nonfiction  Fiction  Mystery  Magical realism  Thriller  Science Fiction  Fantasy  Anything 
Avoids
 
April Jones

April Jones

April Jones has read, written, or edited her way through dozens of fictional worlds. When she’s not working as a teacher or freelance editor, she spends her time pretending to practice Korean by binge watching Korean dramas. She received her bachelors in English and her M.F.A. in creative writing.

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Prefers
Fantasy  YA fantasy  regency romance  mythology-based stories  magical realism  paranormal romance  travel-based stories 
Avoids
Erotica 
Lee Anne Cooksey

Lee Anne Cooksey

Lee Anne Cooksey has worked for a local government agency for 30 years. She currently supervises four (4) team members who are responsible for procuring

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Prefers
Romcom  Romance  comedy  any about animals  autobiographies  history related 
Avoids
None!
Taye Timko

Taye Timko

Taye Timko is a Jack and Jill of all Trades and the Master of Some—primarily an educator of color at an African centered high school on the East Coast, teaching (sometimes) reluctant young writers by day and is a writer and freelance editor by night.

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Prefers
Urban Fiction  SciFi  Fantasy 
Avoids
None!
Candice Roma

Candice Roma

Candice has dedicated her life to words. Initially she had dreams of going to medical school, but when she was faced with the choice of Inorganic Chemistry or taking a Creative Writing class, she ran screaming from the science lab and into the amazing world of creative fiction.

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Prefers
Sci-fi  thrillers  horror  literary fiction  sociology 
Avoids
Erotica  Christian 
Heidi Robbins

Heidi Robbins

Heidi Robbins has a Masters in Education with an emphasis in library media, with additional degrees in Theater and Speech Education with a minor in English!

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Prefers
Historical Non-Fiction  Historical Fiction  Contemporary Fiction  Fantasy  Young Adult Fiction  Children's Fiction  Sweet romcom 
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Julia Allen

Julia Allen

Julia has nearly 20 years of editing experience, with strengths in character arcs and story structure. She’s also talented at

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Prefers
Historical  Regency  Contemporary  Women's Fiction  Sweet Romance  Sweet romcom  YA Contemporary  Historical Romance  memoir 
Avoids
Horror  Erotica