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.

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 
Avoids
Dark Horror  Heavy Sci-Fi  Erotica 
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
Anything!
Avoids
Erotica 
Neha Patel

Neha Patel

Neha is an Indian American whose first love was stories. She loves playing around with words to weave engaging sentences that tell meaningful tales. As an editor, she’s insists on using Oxford commas but will allow sentences to end with prepositions. Her favorite genres are nonfiction and fantasy, which is ironic because they’re literally on the opposite ends of the literary spectrum, but she loves having the best of both worlds. Read More

Prefers
Nonfiction  Fiction  Mystery  Magical realism  Thriller  Science Fiction  Fantasy 
Avoids
Erotica  Horror  Romance 
Trinica Sampson

Trinica Sampson

Trinica Sampson is a writer and freelance editor with experience as an Editorial Assistant at Utne Reader and The Antioch Review. She loves working with writers to make their novel, comic, video game dialogue, poetry, or personal essay the best version of itself that it can be.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Larissa Pienkowski

Larissa Pienkowski

Larissa Melo Pienkowski is a freelance editor and sensitivity reader, as well as the assistant publisher of Dottir Press. She holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Simmons University and a Master’s in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. As the queer daughter of Brazilian and Polish immigrants,

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Prefers
Young adult  literary fiction  memoir  narrative nonfiction  romance/erotica  anything LGBTQ+  middle-grade  coming-of-age stories  horror in the vein of Carmen Maria Machado  magical realism  social justice essay collections  books on beauty and aesthetics 
Avoids
Military  Slasher horror  Fantasy  Sci-Fi 
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  Action Adventure  Murder Mysteries  Fantasy  Historical  Science Fiction  Military  Young Adult  Childrens 
Avoids
Horror  Dark  Erotica 
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
Everything!
Avoids
Erotica 
Trisha Tobias

Trisha Tobias

Trisha Tobias is an associate developmental editor at book packager Dovetail Fiction. She was also an associate fiction editor for FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, a 2018 Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, and a 2019-2020 Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellow.

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Prefers
YA  Middle Grade  Fantasy  Contemporary  Light Sci-Fi  Thriller/Suspense   
Avoids
Horror  Historical   
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  YA Contemporary 
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins is the author of four published books. She has been freelance editing for several years and enjoys helping

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Prefers
Children's  Middle Grade  Contemporary Romance  Science Fiction  Nonfiction  Contemporary Fantasy 
Avoids
Erotica  Slasher Horror   
Rochelle Burnside

Rochelle Burnside

Rochelle is an editor who enjoys stories in any medium, from novels to video games to fine art. She’s worked on the editorial teams of several magazines, compiling sci-fi/fantasy short stories with Leading Edge and nonfiction travel articles with Stowaway.

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Prefers
Fantasy  Science Fiction  Young Adult  Nonfiction 
Avoids
 
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 
Avoids
Horror  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
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Melli Yoon

Melli Yoon

Melli Yoon champions diverse books, both in her role at Penguin Random House and as a freelance sensitivity reader. Representation done well is powerful, 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 
Avoids
Horror