How’s your proof reading skills? 

Are you better than a proofie? How’s our second competition to prove yourself and be in to win.

Here’s the next instalment of Beat the Proofie competition for you.

Congratulations Judy Tindall (Jude Thomas) of Silvereye Press who won our first competition ‘Rebecca’.

Those of you who have attended the festival in past years may be familiar with Beat the Proofie – some of you may even have won! – but for those new to it, the challenge is to hunt out all the errors, be they spelling mistakes or punctuation, in a piece of writing. If you find them all, you will be awarded a free proofread of five pages of your manuscript.

Lel Scott, proofreader/editor of PublishMe

For more information on PublishMe get in touch with Giles Scott who will answer any questions you may have.

I will give you a clue as to what to expect from the short excerpts you will be reading: they’re all from classic novels. If, at the end of the quiz, the winner can also name them all (without consulting Mr G, and I’ll have to trust you on that…) he or she will also win a $20 Prezzy Card. Without further ado, therefore, here is your second Beat the Proofie:

Beat the Proofie – October

1984 – George Orwell

It was a brite cold day in April, and the clocks were stryking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin guzzled into his breat in an effort to escape the ville wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Vicktory Manshons, though not quickly enough to preven a swirl of grittey dust from entering along with him.

The halway smelt of boilt cabbage and old rag matts. At one end of it a coloured poster, too large for indoor dissplay, had been takked to the wall. It depictid simply an enormouse face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about forty five, with a heavy black mustach and ruggedly handsom features.

Get them all? You have two weeks from the date of this newsletter to let me have your results. You can email me on and the winner will be announced in the Book Festival newsletter in due course.

Good luck!

(Contact Lel Scott from PublishMe to get a copy of the proofed April competition)

PublishMe is your all-in-one self-publishing company. We will take your manuscript and type it, if you’d like us to, we’ll proofread and edit existing texts, we’ll do your cover design and layout and then we’ll print and bind it and hand it to you all ready to go. For more information on PublishMe, have a look at our website and get in touch with Giles Scott who will answer any questions you may have.