Legal Stuff

Disclaimer and Indemnity

There is no industry standard on proofreading/editing error rates however it is impossible for any human to have 100% accuracy. Although the expectation is for 100% accuracy (meaning 0% error rate) 95% would be realistically, the highest rate of accuracy any human could achieve consistently, and that human would most likely be an experienced proofreader/editor. A ‘safe bet’ is to assume somewhere around the mid to high eightieth percentile (85-89% accuracy rate) as an average. Having said that, the main goal is to get the text to be of a standard refined enough to be publishable NOT perfect (perfect is impossible until computers start running everything, but from what I’ve heard about language and technology that’s still a fair way off!)

Editing is intrinsically a process of offering advice and suggestions to the Author and Client. In addition to offering such advice and suggestions, the Editor’s responsibility is limited to notifying the Client of any unresolved differences with the Author before the work proceeds to the next stage of production/publishing. While the Editor will make every effort to bring questionable material to the attention of the Client, the Client agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Editor from any and all claims or demands, including legal fees, arising out of any alleged libel or copyright infringement committed by the Author or Client in creating the work.

Some of my services involve providing clients with advice and suggestions that contribute to the client’s publishing objective, however the client remains solely responsible for any decisions and publishing outcomes resulting from such service, advice or suggestions.

In providing professional writing, editing and content analysis services and advice, My Proofreader assumes no management responsibility for the client’s publishing decisions or practices.

As such, the client agrees to hold My Proofreader free of all liability and responsibility for any client actions or outcomes resulting from services, advice or information provided by My Proofreader.


Australia has strong intellectual property laws and moral rights obligations, which means shared copyright exists in all work done until it’s paid for. This means, legally, the client cannot use any work I have done until it has been paid for. After payment has been received all rights transfer to the client.


I frequently proofread and edit private documents and my confidentiality policy limits the discussion or sharing of any copyrighted information between any and all clients. My Non-disclosure Agreement; additionally, prevents any discussion of content with anyone besides the client unless expressly given permission otherwise.


Authority to proceed on your job indicates acceptance of the terms and conditions on this page, as well as, acceptance of quotes and invoices.

I might insist on a deposit for new clients and large jobs.

I may negotiate regular progress payments on large jobs.

I invoice at the completion of the job, and do not issue statements, so please pay within 14 days of invoice (due date will be found on the right, on the bottom half of the invoice).

My terms for payment are 14 days, and this can be found specified on quotes and invoices.

Preferred payment method is by electronic funds transfer (EFT/Internet banking) however cash may be accepted if discussed and agreed to prior to work commencing on the text.

My Proofreader is not registered to collect GST.