Laura Hayes

Proofreader service

Fulfilling your proofreading and copyediting needs...


Academic essays     Business reports

Fiction novels          Journal articles

Non-fiction             Transcripts

Website blogs          Tailored requests








I am a qualified proofreader with a friendly and professional approach to all my work. Contact me to find out how I can help you with your proofreading requirements.

I provide an on-screen proofreading and copyediting service, accepting work in Microsoft Word format where I use track changes or as a PDF using the comments facility.


I check the spelling, grammar and punctuation within your document. Another part of this service is to check format consistency, page numbering and that your contents wording matches that in the main body.


All the elements of proofreading plus sentence level checks and restructuring to make your work flow better. This means I will also focus on style consistency, clarity and readability of your document. I aim to make your project sound more elegant, providing alternatives to frequently used words and phrases.

For UK and international students, I provide a thorough grammar and spelling check for essays, dissertations and theses, ensuring that language is clear and coherent.          For academics, I can take your journal article and make it professional for your readers.

For fictional writers , I can proofread/copyedit your novel or short story, ready for self-publishing. You may wish to seek a developmental editor before this stage.

For non-fictional writers, I provide proofreading for eBooks, magazine articles, blogs and website content.

For businesses, charities and academic professionals, I will look through your reports, policies or training materials to bring them up to a high standard.



For most of my working life leading up to my proofreading career, I was involved in PA, communications and marketing roles. Whilst producing newsletters I became enthused about my editing role in meeting word counts and, of course, ensuring documents free of spelling and grammatical errors.


So began my journey, in 2014, towards becoming a qualified proofreader ...


Firstly, I completed and passed the Publishing Training Centre's recognised PQB course in Basic Proofreading. I was then fortunate to get on a voluntary proofreading work experience programme in 2015, whilst securing some unpaid work as a Contributing Editor for a scientific magazine and a proofreader for an international travel blogger.


Other work soon came after, such as proofreading university rankings reports and students' dissertations, mostly from international writers for whom English is not their first language.

Based in Bedfordshire, I am an Entry-Level Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). Over the years my work has expanded to include on-screen proofreading and copyediting services for fictional writers, should they wish to self-publish. For a full list of the work I can offer, please see my Services

Laura Hayes Proofreader


"Laura is an excellent, skilful, highly reliable editor and proofreader. She came to my rescue several times, and I feel that I can count on her. She’s friendly, punctual, and meticulous, and she always responds quickly to my email. I would definitely recommend Laura’s editing service."
"Laura is an excellent proofreader. She helped me with my travel project. I was very satisfied with her work because she is a responsible and flexible worker and high quality of her work guarantees success.
“Laura is a very strong proofreader, with an eye for detail, an organised and logical approach to task completion, and a commitment to delivering the highest level of quality assurance.”
I work as an independent agent, and I have worked with Laura more than a half year since April 2017. Laura is an excellent proofreader who always pays attention to details. I really appreciate that Laura can always keep a fast turnaround. The works I sent to Laura were all from the students who are speaking English as a second language.”




Laura was brilliant for my novel – before the project even started she laid out to me her expectations and time requirements and read through a sample chapter before providing a quote. Her communication was great throughout, and by the time my manuscript was handed back, there were hundreds of easy to work through track changes, suggestions for edits on clunky lines, and continuity corrections. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her, and will be using her again for future books. 
Danny Lenihan, Writer (June 2021)
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Laura worked with us on a report earlier this year and her proofreading undoubtedly led to an improved report. Her proofreading not only met the deadline but was excellent and thorough, and she provided clear comments to explain suggested edits/ changes which were really helpful in the review process. Many thanks to Laura and we would undoubtedly approach her in future for further proofreading work.
Sarah Ridgeon, Society for the Environment (April 2021)
"We are a national charity and were seeking a proof reader to help with proofing of our national training materials. Laura was extremely quick at responding to my request. She was very diligent and turned around the work very quickly. I would definitely recommend her and would be happy to call on her again for future work."
Jenny, Home Start UK (April 2020)
"I was extremely pleased with the proofreading that Laura did for me on the Plastic Paradigm and Shades of Loyalty. Her attention to detail was second to none. She understood the project well and respected my work as the author while suggesting notable improvements. I can without hesitation highly recommend her work."
Paul Stretton-Stephens, Writer (May 2018)
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I work as an independent agent, and I have worked with Laura since April 2017. Laura is an excellent proofreader who always pays attention to details. I really appreciate that Laura can always keep a fast turnaround. The works I sent to Laura were all from the students who are speaking English as a second language.”   
Jin , independent agent (September, 2017)



Please contact me for a quote

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Useful information for me to know is:

Subject area, type of document, word count and deadline for returning.

Please feel free to send me a sample of your work.  I offer a free 1000-word proofread before providing a rate per 1,000 words and a timeframe. This will vary  depending on the length, complexity and nature of the work.


07815 747366

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