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Proof-editing Services

Have your work proof-edited by a multi award-winning author, (8 published books and more than 30 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 or any other fiction form that you need help with? 

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

I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SFEP), in the UK. This is not a membership you can buy. It means I have attained enough experience and qualifications to satisfy the SFEP 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 SFEP, certification in fiction editing from the Publishing Training Centre.

I work with UK English, the New Oxford Style Manual, the Concise Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus 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.

Providing a written critique is another area of my expertise. Email me for further details: barbaraunkovic@gmail.com

What my clients say about my proof-editing services:

'Yours 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 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.'

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