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Proof-editing Services

Have your work proof-edited (proofread and copy-edited at the same time) by a multi award-winning author, (thirteen published books and forty writing awards in the USA, UK, Ireland and Finland).

Do you have a work of literary fiction, commercial fiction, crime fiction, fantasy, romance, a collection of short fiction, a young adult novel or novella, a memoir, a children's story, a work of non-fiction, a thesis or a dissertation that you need help with? I edit many types of work - ask me if your work is covered by my field of expertise.  

I can polish your work and bring it up to publication standard with personal professional proof-editing.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), in the UK. This is not a membership you can buy. It means I have attained enough experience and qualifications to satisfy the CIEP board.

I hold a Master of Creative Writing (Hons) from Auckland University, certification from the NZ Writer’s College in copy-editing and proofreading, and certification in fiction editing, grammar and editing with Word from CIEP, certification in fiction editing from the Publishing Training Centre.

I work with UK and US English, the New Oxford Style Manual, the Concise Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus, the Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and I prefer to work in Microsoft Word.

I can help you by appraising your work with a qualified set of eyes. I will suggest corrections with grammar, spelling, sentence structure and punctuation to lift your work to a higher standard.

I will not change your author's voice, but I will check your work with precise care.

Manuscript assessment: Providing a detailed professional critique is another area of my expertise. Find out your strengths and weaknesses with a detailed written assessment including comments on plot, characters, POV, sense of time and place, dialogue, pace and flow, the beginning, the end, writing style, structure, layout, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Email me for further details: barbaraunkovic@gmail.com

What my clients say about my proof-editing services:

'Barbara edited my first manuscript, a strange novel with a unique voice. She identified several errors in the work, fixing them in a way that helped make the work a better version of itself. She was highly responsive and supportive throughout, with a direct but non-judgemental communication style. Very helpful for those of us with thicker skulls.'

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‘Barbara has been fun to work with. She is professional, prompt and extremely knowledgeable, not to mention patient and understanding. I thought I had written a well-worded novel — I have now. Barbara's constructive advice and guidance has been invaluable. I would recommend her to anyone, and won't be afraid of using her services again. I will be forever grateful.’

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'I am pleased Barbara was available to edit my YA Fantasy novel - her service was swift and efficient. She corrected my grammar and sorted out my clunky sentences. She gave me sound advice and her suggestions greatly improved the overall ‘feel’ of my novel. Thank you so much, Barbara.'

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‘If you are looking for an excellent editor who will take your manuscript to the next level of professionalism, then look no further than Barbara. She was very thorough, prompt and highly professional. I engaged her on the final copy-editing of my manuscript, which had already gone through several layers of professional editing. She found many more grammar errors, typos, clarity issues, flow issues, sentence structure issues, and many others. She also did two versions for me, UK and US English, for she is well versed in both. Her edits have massively polished my manuscript to a publishable level. I would highly recommend her and intend on working with her again soon on my next book.’

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'Having worked with numerous editors in the past with mixed results I feel extremely lucky to have found Barbara Unkovic. If I were to mark her on a one to ten average it would be a firm ten. If you are looking for someone who really knows their craft then, look no further. Satisfaction guaranteed!' 

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'I engaged Barbara’s services for a manuscript assessment on my rather long thriller. Barbara was very helpful with her comments; she helped me to see parts which could be removed and to address issues which had hindered my book being published prior to this. She was kind, but thorough in her critique and it led to significant edits which I feel has made the final product much better. I also asked Barbara for a line edit after the assessment and really appreciated her efforts in this. She has great attention to detail in editing.'

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'If you are looking for an excellent professional editor and/or manuscript assessor, and whose rate is fair, you have found her. A writer who thinks they have perfected their manuscript by revising it a million times, one who thinks she/he doesn’t need a professional editor, is in for a surprise when they send Barbara the first few pages for a demonstration of her expertise.

Her assessment was critical, brutal in places, and incredibly inspiring – all elements needed to perfect a manuscript; all recommendations I enthusiastically took on board. After all, my goal is that my story, buried in the dreaded slush pile, be a publisher’s unique and priceless pearl waiting to be discovered.

Barbara is a competent and prompt communicator, always open to discuss anything, and has nurtured me throughout my quest to be among the coveted ranks of best sellers.

Thank you, Barbara, I am eternally grateful for your help.'

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'Barbara was my lucky break. Her assessment and copy-editing was concise, and essential to bringing my project to a conclusion. I could not have found a cohort with Barbara’s level of understanding anywhere else and look forward to working with her again in the future.'

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'Barbara proofread and edited my debut novel Lost Killers. I was impressed with Barbara's professionalism and the thoroughness of her approach. Barbara has excellent attention to detail and when she finds something, she adds a margin note to tell you what has been corrected and why. This critiquing and commentary was extremely helpful. I have no hesiation in recommending Barbara as a proofreader and copy-editor. I look forward to working with her again.'

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'The hardest facet of writing is criticism. There is no better investment for a writer's career than an editor who understands your voice and strengthens your weaknesses. Barbara is one such professional who adds value and is empathetic, relevant and to the point.'

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'Barbara is an excellent editor. Her criticisms and comments were exactly what my manuscript needed. Her editing is smart, accurate and timely. I could not recommend her more highly.'

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'I worked with Barbara as a proof-editor for my short stories and novella. She brings an expert eye, as well as an incisive sense of how the text can best be fashioned to tell the story. I've found her to be prompt and professional, as well as providing helpful and constructive comments throughout the process.'

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'Your Books Publishing has been very pleased with the editing and proofing that Barbara Unkovic has recently provided to us on a 170 page memoir for one of our authors: Barbara showed a duty of care and gave careful attention to bringing this manuscript up to publishable standard. This was not an easy task because it was written by an author whose first language is not English and the manuscript had also been translated into US English. Barbara's sound sense of judgement and her clear eye for detail in the professional work she carried out for my client gives us no hesitation in recommending her for her meticulous skills as a proof-editor. We look forward to working with Barbara again soon.'

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'I worked with Barbara Unkovic on the edits and final edits of my book of short stories. I was pleased with the speed and professionalism she brought to the work. The 40,000 words were completed ahead of the given schedule with many helpful comments towards my craft. The changes made polished the work and brought it up to publishable standard that no manner of re-edits on my own could have achieved. I would happily recommend Barbara to any author wishing this same professional treatment to be brought to their writing.'

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'I employed the services of Barbara Unkovic to edit my book series titled ‘SHARPNESS.’ I found Barbara to be very approachable and open to discussion about matters relating to my story. She is very thorough in her work and takes the time to point out the reasons for her comments and alterations. Barbara applies herself to her work in a business-like manner, while at the same time keeping an aura of friendliness. I look forward to working with Barbara on my future manuscripts.'

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'Barbara was incredibly prompt with her turnaround which was much appreciated as I had a tight deadline for my assignment. I enjoyed the explanations around her corrections as the context provided will help me learn from these mistakes. Barbara's eye for detail is very impressive and gave me confidence that my assignment was well polished before handing it in. I will be engaging Barbara's services again and would happily recommend her proof-editing expertise.'

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'I was very pleased with the support Barbara provided in editing my manuscript. She always answered my queries in a timely fashion and I found this support invaluable and de-stressing for my anxiety. Having Barbara's support and guidance helped me feel more confident about what I had written and also the quality and readability of the finished manuscript.'

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'I knew my work needed to be professionally assessed and edited and Barbara didn't disappoint. Thank you so much Barbara for your input and encouragement.'

You can contact me by email: barbaraunkovic@gmail.com