Ordering Process

Ready to work with us? Here’s your guide to the ordering process.


Step 1: How many words does your document contain?

Introduce your work to us by providing the word count of your document.
For Word files, the word count is displayed at the bottom of your screen. If you don’t see it, right-click the status bar and click Word Count. Make sure your document does not contain highlighted text to obtain a more accurate count. For PDF files, we suggest converting them to Word to determine their word count.


Let us know you better so we can meet your needs.

To proceed with your order, please type in your e-mail address so we could check if you already have a profile with us. All information shared with us are treated with strict confidentiality. We do not get any information other than your name, e-mail address, and location.

If you are a new user, we require that you register your name, valid e-mail address, and location so we can easily track your orders. After completing the registration, you will receive a welcome e-mail that contains a verification code. Don’t forget to copy and paste that code to the validation code requirement on your first checkout. This validation is required to ensure that you have provided us a valid e-mail address where we can send any queries we may have about your document and where we can send your edited document.


Step 2: Tell us more about your file.

Allow us to review your document and the type of service you need to obtain excellent results.

Specify the style guide you want us to follow, as well as your personal style preferences. Finally, let us know what service you expect, be it proofreading, copyediting, or both.

Our goal is to create the best version of every written work in a short amount of time. Whether you need basic proofreading or the more thorough copyediting, we can send back your 800-word document in one hour or sooner. To learn more about our turnaround time, click here.

The order form allows you to choose one service per order for one or multiple documents with a maximum file size of 5 MB each. If your file is greater than 5 MB, don’t worry—you can still send it to us by switching the upload option to input file link. This option allows you to paste the link of your shared cloud folder such as Dropbox or Google Drive. We can download your file/s from there as long as it is accessible to us. Should our team encounter a problem in accessing your folder, we will request that the file to be sent through e-mail instead.


Step 3: Confirm your order.

Proceed to checkout when you are satisfied with all the information you have provided us about your order.

We will start processing your file once you have completed the checkout process. If you have a promo code, use it so you can get a discount. We send regular promo codes to all who follow us, so make sure you subscribe to our mailing list. All payments are handled by PayPal, so all financial details are kept between you and PayPal only. You may pay with major credit cards or just simply with your PayPal account. You may review PayPal security policy here. Once we have received your payment confirmation, you will be notified of your order details as well as the time you can expect your document to be returned.

Before we start editing, we will check your document for any word count discrepancy, and we will make sure to inform you about it. Once everything is in order, we will start editing your file.

**Do not forget to enter your validation code when you register for the first time to make sure that we deliver your document to the right e-mail address.


Step 4: Sit back and wait.

Do other chores or run errands, and at your expected delivery time, your document should be ready for submission or publication.

Your satisfaction is important to us. Our team guarantees quality, so if you feel that we haven’t done enough, you may send your document back and we will review it free of charge.

We also make it our goal to deliver all documents on time. We try to help ease your deadline worries, so just sit back while we take care of your document. If we deliver your documents late, we will give you a discount on your next order.

All finished orders are delivered via e-mail. We use the Track Changes feature of Microsoft Word in reviewing your document so you can see the changes we have made. We are a team of highly qualified and seasoned editors, so rest assured our decisions are well thought out and our edits consistent—better than editing software.


Want to try us out first?

Use the promo code FREESAMPLE for a minimum order of 3 pages or 900 words, whichever is higher, and we will make a 300-word sample edit. If you are interested in sending us volume work or a book with a minimum of 30 pages or 9,000 words, whichever is higher, use the promo code SAMPLEBOOK, and we will make a 3-page sample edit. Please do not forget to attach the entire document for your free sample. Contact us for more information.


1-Hour Proofreading is a start-up brand that aims to take the worry and pressure off individuals and businesses through professional and high-quality editing services over a short period of time. Our editors are all equipped to handle any kind of document with their years of editing experience and diverse backgrounds. It is our commitment to quality and timeliness that make us an ideal choice for writers who have less time on their hands but still need to present superior work.

At 1-Hour Proofreading, we edit while you wait.


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A Puzzling Lot: Distinguishing “A Lot” from “Allot”

Words can be confusing a lot of times. Or wait, is it “a lot” or “alot”? And wasn’t there another word, “allot”? Before it gets any more chaotic, let’s sort their definitions out.

A lot from Allot

For starters, “alot” is just a common misspelling of the phrase “a lot.” With that out of the way, we focus now on settling the differences between “a lot” and “allot.”

A lot

“A lot” is an informal phrase typically used as an adverb or a pronoun. It comes from the word “lot,” as in “an unpleasant lot,” with meanings ranging from an ugly patch of land to a bunch of people you may not want to deal with. “Lot” in the phrase sums up these definitions and refers to “a considerable quantity or extent.” Therefore, “a lot” is “a large number or amount” of a particular thing, be they persons, items, or even abstract concepts such as love and time. We need not look further—one can say that the word “lot” has a lot of meanings. It can also be used to describe frequency, as in we tend to write about grammar a lot.


“Allot,” on the other hand, is a transitive verb. It shares the root word “lot,” which is why it is similarly involved with portions and amounts. The key difference is that “allot” refers to the act of “assigning as a share or portion” and “distributing by or as if by lot.” For example, you, the reader, are allotting time to know the differences between “a lot” and “allot.”

Here are a few more side-by-side examples for review:

  1. A lot of people find comfort by eating McDonald’s french fries.

  2. The governor of District 7 is allotting a budget of six thousand per month for coal and fuel.

  1. Even before high school, Norra liked Landon a lot.

  2. In most schools, there is an allotted time for recess and lunch.

  1. There were a lot of rats running loose inside the cafeteria.

  2. Maria left her officers to allot the remaining plots of land to the farmers who wanted them.

Another easy way to distinguish them is that there are more words in “a lot” than in “allot”, which has only a single portion.

That’s a lot of lots. This has been sufficiently bamboozling, but we hope this article helped out a lot. Just to be sure, you might want to allot a little more time to practice using these words. But if you have some more questions about grammar, language, and writing, just send us a message, and we’ll get to it as soon as we can. Until then, feel free to look through the other entries on the blog.


About 1-Hour Proofreading
1-Hour Proofreading is a growing start-up offering fast and efficient editorial services. Our team of highly competent and professional copy editors is committed to helping those in need of quality proofreading and copyediting services while facing tight deadlines. We ensure that your document is ready for publishing the soonest you need it.

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