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- Conway Drive, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire
I am a new, experienced freelance proofreader and more recently, editor. I am based in Pembrokeshire. My work is always thorough, I strive to meet given deadlines as quickly as possible and I have a very keen eye. I have assisted several authors to date, helping them to make their books the very best they can be. Please check out the positive testimonials on my website. If you look under the link for my portfolio, you will see all of my completed work to date. I can guarantee that if you choose my service you will not be disappointed.
Fast, extremely thorough, good to work with and a very reasonable price.I could ask for nothing more from a proofreader! Nicola has proofread one manuscript for me and I will definitely ask her to do my next one.
Upon publishing my first novel some two and a half years ago, it became clear to me what a gargantuan task it is to edit and proofread your own manuscript to an acceptable standard. However many times you read at it and convince yourself that it is finally error free, you can be certain that issues will remain. Even if your own English and Grammar skills are spot on, you are simply way too close to your own work to give it a fresh and impartial read. And because you know your book so well, it is impossible to avoid falling into the trap of inadvertently skipping overly familiar portions of the text, however thorough you believe you are.
No author wants to see the dreaded words ‘…poor punctuation and grammar distract from an otherwise enjoyable read’ in a review of their work. And although few reviews for my first novel The Star Agency mentioned grammar or mistakes, I was even more determined with book two in the series to ensure that it was watertight in that department. So the second time round, I decided that as a minimum requirement, I needed a proof-reader to vet my work. Having checked out several, I eventually came across Nicola Rhead who appeared to offer exactly what I needed – those being great testimonials – which can be cross verified on Amazon by downloading book samples – and a reasonable price.
A number of weeks before my manuscript was due for completion, I dropped Nicola a line to enquire about her availability, and I received an almost immediate response with a very reasonable quote. A month or so later, once the manuscript was ready, I emailed Nicola once more and submitted my novel. From that point forward, the process was nice and simple. I received progress reports throughout the process, and eventually the final manuscript on the promised date.
Viewing the final manuscript revealed how thoroughly Nicola had vetted my work. Not only were a number of errors flagged up (many of which I would never have spotted), there were many helpful notes and suggestions included which really help me polish the final manuscript, many of which might even be deemed editing choices rather than just proofreading notes. This to me is going above and beyond the call of duty. I know that any proof-reader should be considered just an extra pair of eyes, rather than a definitive this book is now perfect. However, I could not find fault in anything Nicola had done for me.
I never preach to authors saying that they must pay for editors and proof-readers, because that decision depends on so many factors, price being at the top of that list. Some people simply cannot afford it and I understand that totally. You do what works for you and your budget. However Nicola’s services worked well for me and I am happy to recommend her work to the cost conscious author requiring a great professional service. Many thanks Nicola.
I contacted Nicola and asked her if she could do a quick turn-around for me. Not only did she promise me that, she delivered my manuscript two days earlier than expected! What a nice surprise and it was sparkling and pristine with all the corrections necessary for me to move on to the next stages. I would highly recommend Nicola if you are looking for a professional proofreader and want someone reliable who can get the job done quickly and effectively.
Nicola did such a wonderful job proofreading my first two books that I asked her if she’d be interested in editing my third book. Boy I’m glad I did. She did a wonderful job and I’m so pleased with the end result. Again she was so easy to work with. She was fast, effient and kept me informed with the progress every step of the way. I’ll definitely be using her for all my future work.
I have used Nicola Rhead’s Proofreading Services to proofread both of my current published books, and I’ll definitely be using her for all my future work also. She did a wonderful job. She was so easy and accommodating to work with. Not to mention fast and efficient. She kept me upto date throughout the whole process, which is something I haven’t found with other editors I’ve used on the past. I can’t praise her enough. Thank you for the amazing job you did Nicola. I’m extremely impressed with the quality of your work.
I was very lucky to find Nicola and even more so when she agreed to proofread my New Adult paranormal romance Ivory Guard. She did the job quickly, with a keen eye, but most importantly she was very kind, patient and considerate all along the way. A million thanks for that.
Until the next book.
I’m the author of two New Adult Romance titles and Nicola Rhead has done great work proofreading my debut novel, Vivian’s List.
Nicola is thorough, thoughtful, timely, and just an all-around great person to work with. Her work is fast, outstanding, and exceptionally professional. I am very, very satisfied and will definitely be using Nicola’s services for my future work.
I am the author of four books and Nichola Rhead has proofread two of my manuscripts: Besotted and Seduce Me.
She executed the jobs quickly, thoroughly, and with impressive precision. She has a very keen eye and even spotted subtle errors: e.g font or margin changes in the text.
I also found her helpful and accommodating at all times and am extremely pleased with the service I received. I will definitely be using her again.
Thank you, Nicola.