Laura Hayes | Proofreader

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A professional and proud proofreader with eight years’ experience of working with a range of documents. You can contact me for help with:

Fiction and non-fiction
Business/academic reports
Theses (PhD), dissertations, essays
Magazine/news articles
Training and Marketing materials
Website content/blogs

I carry out proofreading in:

Microsoft Word (using Track Changes)
Digital PDF documents (using Comments)

For self-publishers I have proofread crime fiction, historical fiction, romance and autobiographical books. I also proofread non-fiction books for the publisher The History Press.

Other clients have included the charity Home-Start UK (training materials), the Society for the Environment (published business report) and Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (internal policies).

I have a special interest in scientific topics and health.

My work background is in Marketing and Communications and my education in Psychology.

If you are an international writer I have vast experience in proofreading English which has been translated from another language.

I have a strong work ethic and thoroughly enjoy the work I do. Proofreading is what I have been building up to for the whole of my career. I am a grammar geek at heart and I am at your service to put your documents right, so please contact me with your request for proofreading (no matter how large or small).


Laura was recommended to me by my friend and fellow author Stephen Collier, and I was not disappointed. Laura’s attention to detail is of the highest standard. She even picked up the name of a church in northern Italy clearly a misspelling in my research notes. She is very consistent and provides a style sheet that is very handy for an ongoing series of books.
Laura has already copy edited the first two books in the series an I will definitely be using her for the rest.
Excellent value for money and a lovely person to work with.


I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of Laura’s work. Her attention to detail is fantastic. Picking up glaring howlers that got past seasoned Beta readers. Her communication throughout the process has been great, and this includes her detailed feedback on recurrent ‘ticks’ that I have in my prose.

Bear in mind, she is effectively making it cheaper for me with every manuscript she edits by highlighting these errors!

I have already engaged her services for the second book in the series and I will definitely be using her for further titles.

‘A’ star work, highly recommended.

K. R. Davis


Laura was a great help in both making sense of my text and patiently correcting my grammatical errors. We agreed a timeline when she undertook the work and the corrected draft was delivered on schedule. I thank Laura for her diligence on my behalf and for the trouble-free way in which she dealt with the task.A great support and highly recommended.


I needed to have a proof read of my typeset manuscript with a tight deadline. I am grateful that Laura contacted me and completed the work before the deadline had passed.
Her work on my MS was finished with precision and efficiency and I have no problem recommending her for your MS.
In fact I have commissioned her for for more work.


I have worked with Laura many times. She is an excellent proofreader and she provides better services than others proofreaders available out there. She is fast, have a good eye for spotting errors and very helpful. I recommend her to anyone who is looking to enhance their writing.


Totally reliable , excellent service. Highly satisfied.
Laura was highly professional and approachable, offering clarity re services offered. Her rates are extremely reasonable ( when compared to several others) .
Proof reading to a very high standard with tracked changes and clean copy provided with guidance as necessary.
Thank you Laura – you have made this part of my thesis totally bearable!!


Laura was brilliant for my novel – before the project even started she laid out to me her expectations and time requirements and read through a sample chapter before providing a quote. Her communication was great throughout, and by the time my manuscript was handed back, there were hundreds of easy to work through track changes, suggestions for edits on clunky lines, and continuity corrections. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her, and will be using her again for future books.


Laura worked with us on a report earlier this year and her proofreading undoubtedly led to an improved report. Her proofreading not only met the deadline but was excellent and thorough, and she provided clear comments to explain suggested edits/ changes which were really helpful in the review process. Many thanks to Laura and we would undoubtedly approach her in future for further proofreading work.


Just brilliant, Laura is a dedicated professional who has made a significant contribution to the quality of the finished novel – I simply wouldn’t go anywhere else. An absolute star!


We’re a national charity and were seeking a proof reader to help with proofing of our national training materials.

Laura was extremely quick at responding to my request. She was very diligent and turned around the work very quickly.

I would definitely recommend her and would be happy to call on her again for future work.


I was extremely pleased with the proofreading that Laura did for me on the Plastic Paradigm and Shades of Loyalty. Her attention to detail was second to none. She understood the project well and respected my work as the author while suggesting notable improvements. I can without hesitation highly recommend her work.


I work as an independent agent, and I have worked with Laura more than a half year since this April. Laura is an excellent proofreader who always pays attention to details. And I really appreciate that Laura can always keep fast turnaround. The works I sent to Laura were all from the students who are speaking English as a second language.


Laura is an excellent proofreader, she helped me with my travel proyect. I was very satisfied with her work because she is responsible and flexible worker and high quality of her work guarantees success.

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