What is a proofreader?

Proofreading is the reading of a publication to detect and correct mistakes. A Proofreader will also do a final check of the manuscript before publication. Proofreaders, therefore, must be consistently accurate by default.

What is a copy editor?

Copy editing is the process of reviewing and correcting written material to improve accuracy and readability. It also ensures that the manuscript will be free of error, omissions, inconsistency, and repetition.

Why use a proofreader/copy editor?

We have all seen an otherwise fabulous book get marked down in reviews due to a lack of editing. Using a proofreader/copy editor to check your work will help to pick up mistakes that have been missed. It is important to have your book professionally edited, to show your readers that you take pride in your work.

Why we keep our prices low.

Independent authors must fund the book production out of their own pocket.  The cost of producing a single book can run into hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.  Black Opal Proofreading understands this and thinks it’s vital that independent authors have access to a quality proofreader/copy editor at a reasonable rate.

The Team at Black Opal Proofreading.

Linda: Having an ‘eagle eye’ for finding mistakes in books led Linda to form Black Opal Proofreading. She is the owner and senior editor. Linda is a lifelong reader, her passion is working with independent authors and helping them to polish and improve their writing. She also has a BA Degree in Education and Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Editing and Publishing. As time has progressed, she has expanded and taken on additional proofreaders to keep up with demand.



Dee: Dee started reading Enid Blyton books as a young child and hasn’t stopped reading since, and reads over 200 books per year. She enjoys playing a small part in helping an author produce a quality book so that more people will come to love reading as much as she does. Dee also works as an Audiometrist in a small Australian country town.