Proofreading for the board game industry

For some years I have been proofreading board game rules, cards, box covers, other components and Kickstarter pages. I proofread files for designers prior to submission to publishers and I also proofread final proofs for publishers prior to the sign-off of the press files. I therefore have experience of games to be able to understand the structure of rules and the terminology used. I proofread for accuracy, sense and readability.

I keep the nature and content of all work confidential, but I am happy to sign non-disclosure agreements if required.

What my service includes 

  • Checking for accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Checking the consistent use of terms and headings; the page layout and design are consistent; the correct positioning and labelling of illustrations, diagrams and graphics.
  • Ensuring a consistent style for capitalisation, hyphenation, punctuation, abbreviations, spellings, numbers, titles, lists and figures.
  • Checking for consistency and clarity across the rules, cards, box covers and any other components.
  • Checking page numbers are correct and correspond with the contents page and any cross-references.
  • Amending incorrect word choices and bad word breaks.
  • Removing extra spaces between lines or words or after punctuation.
  • Following UK or US spelling, grammar and punctuation rules.
  • Checking that the text flows and is in correct English. Suggesting rewording if the meaning is unclear or confusing or to avoid repetition.
  • Following your style preferences.
  • Annotating using Track Changes in Word, mark-up tools on PDFs in Adobe Acrobat, Suggesting mode in Google Docs or British Standard marks for proof correction on paper.

Qualifications

  • Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning course, which I passed with a high merit. The course was run by the Publishing Training Centre (PTC), which is well respected by the publishing industry in the UK and overseas.
  • Grammar at Work online course from the PTC.
  • Basic Proofreading: Digital Skills, an online learning resource from the PTC covering on-screen mark-up methods in Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader.
  • Editing with Word, an online course from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) .
  • BA(Hons) degree in German and Spanish from the University of Southampton.
  • Intermediate member of the SfEP and I abide by their Code of Practice (CoP).

Previous work experience

I have previously worked in financial administration, health insurance claims, childcare and education, all of which required a high level of accuracy in checking documents and record-keeping, an eye for detail and an adherence to confidentiality.

Quotes

I will provide a quote within 24 hours of receiving a sample copy of the document to be proofread. For information about how to get a quote and details about my pricing, please go to my Quotes page.

If you would like to discuss a proofreading project, or if you need any further information about how I can help you, please get in touch.