Shadytree Books’ Creative Studio is the place to come when you feel your work in progress is close to its final stage. Proofreading is an important step to take before sending your project to the publisher or the printers.

You have worked long and hard, listened to your critique buddies, sent your work to an editor, written your final draft and now all you need is an extra set of fresh eyes to glean for spelling, typos, punctuation, grammar problems, and to check for any concerns about page layout or formatting.

The writing process has taught you that your work must be of a high standard to stand out from the crowd; making sure each word is polished and working hard will give you the professional edge the publisher is looking for.

Is Proofreading Necessary?

By the time you have redrafted and reread your project many times, it becomes increasingly difficult for your eyes to detect existing errors. No matter how many times you read through your script, you tend to miss them. Your eyes grow accustomed to the flow of text and see only what your brain expects to see.

You get one shot with a publisher. Are you willing to risk it? Once a publisher decides to read your project, do you want to deliver your best work? Do you want them to see you are serious and have taken the necessary steps to polish your work to a high standard? Imagine how you might feel if the one publisher you’ve had your heart set on gets hooked on your story and thoroughly enjoys it, yet second guesses its worth because of annoying errors and sloppy penmanship? Convincing the publisher how much you care about your manuscript by showing them you have taken the initiative to polish it to a high standard is an important step. If you want them to care about your work, you should at least show them you care about it too.

It is highly recommended that your documents are proofread before you send them to a publisher. Shadytree Books’ Creative Studio can help you with your proofreading needs.

What Guarantees Does Shadytree Books Creative Studio offer?

Whilst Shadytree Books’ Creative Studio offers a very high standard and professional service, it must be remembered that nobody can claim or guarantee perfection. Be wary of any service that does make claims of this nature.

Ultimately, the structure, formatting, layout, appearance and correctness of any final draft rests with YOU, the author of the document. It is YOUR responsibility, as the author, to sign off on a final draft before publication.

Shadytree Books’ Creative Studio’s guarantee to you is to help you attain a document of high standard, and as close to perfection, as humanly possible.

Line/Copy Editing:

Before you are ready to action your final proofread, you may discover you need to iron out a few technical issues in your final draft that require deeper examination. It’s important to know the difference between proofreading and line/copy editing because the latter requires more time and effort by the proofreader.

Identifying problem areas may include:

  • Style
  • Structure
  • Clarity
  • Target audience
  • Voice
  • Vocabulary
  • Suitable phraseology or use of jargon
  • Inconsistencies
  • Repetitiveness
  • Internal dialogue
  • Omissions
  • Redundancies
  • Spelling and punctuation
  • Use of language (ie: American terms vs Australian terms)

Shadytree Books’ Creative Studio will help identify problem areas and make recommendations for change. It is up to the author to accept or reject these suggestions.

Other problematic areas that are on our hit list include:

  • Cliché
  • Passive vs Active voice
  • Forced dialogue
  • Mixed metaphors
  • Information dump

Important note:

Shadytree Books’ Creative Studio recommends and uses the Commonwealth of Australia Style Manual: for authors, editors and printers by John Wiley and The Chicago Manual of Style for American texts.

Other Proofreading Services:

Shadytree Books’ Creative Studio isn’t limited to only manuscripts. We offer the following services:

  • Businesses: If you have a website you would like a sharp eye cast across its copy, or need help with content, then Shadytree Books’ Creative Studio is the place to come.
  • Uni students: If you have an assignment that needs a final polish, Shadytree Books is the one-stop shop for you.
  • Personal: If you need help composing and writing a letter please contact Shadytree Books. We’d love to help.
  • CVs: If you want a qualified eye cast over your updated CV before you push the send button to a future employer, let Shadytree Books take a look first to check for any errors.
  • Ghostwriting
  • If your requirement is not on this list, please contact our FGP (Fairy Godmother Proofreader) via the Contact page and she will try to assist you with your request.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping find solutions and polish your writing projects.


“Debbie worked on proofing both The Veiled Heart and The Bound Heart for me. I was very pleased with the care and genuine respect she had for my manuscripts. Each story was covered in detail and anomalies identified right down to identifying inconsistencies in quotation mark fonts. As a writer and long standing teacher of creative writing she has an eye for editing, written expression and the beauty of language. I have no hesitation recommending her as a proof reader and although she has not copy edited for me I have absolute confidence she would have the skills and sensitivity a writer would be expecting.”

Author ~ Elsa Holland


“I have worked with Deb to polish a series of short stories, now published. Throughout the process Deb was supportive, knowledgeable and very easy to work with. Without Deb’s help, I doubt I would have completed my work to a standard I was happy to share with the world.

Thanks Deb, you’re a star!”

Author ~ Josie Baker

“Congratulations, Deb. Thank you for your editing effort. The author, Shanee Daniel, Where has all the Discernment Gone? is delighted as well. Well done!  Mick”

Publisher ~ Mick Brown – Inspire Publishing