v. read (printer’s proofs or other material) and mark any errors.
You know, proofreading is not just about apostrophes, although it’s true to say evicting an apostrophe squatting in the wrong place is one of life’s joys. No, it’s about credibility — yours. No document, dissertation or manuscript should ever be submitted without first going through a professional proofread. Typos and grammatical gaffs are off-putting for a reader, as are inconsistencies in spelling and punctuation. If these small things aren’t right, then a reader may doubt the integrity of your content as a whole.
I proofread either on-screen (Microsoft Track Changes) or hard copy (BSI mark-up), blind or against copy. I’m on the look out for:
- errors of spelling, punctuation and grammar
- inconsistencies in style and formatting
- non-conformity to house style (if any)
Why use a proofreader?
No matter how many times you’ve read your work, there will still be obvious errors that you’ve missed; hell, sometimes you simply may not realise that you’ve made a mistake! You need a trained eye and detachment from the text to ensure that everything is picked up. Luckily, I am in possession of both
and can swiftly put things right. With the phenomenal rise of self-publishing and self-generated web copy, everyone is jostling for space in a crowded market. Make sure you stand out by employing the services of a professional proofreader; it may well give you the edge you need.
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I have used the services of Trudy Morrison on many occasions and I can say without any hesitation that she is, undoubtedly, an absolute perfectionist. The work she produces is exemplary; where a written piece may look well put together, once Trudy has proofed and edited it, it becomes a document you can have absolute confidence in. I genuinely recommend Trudy’s services; you will have to go a remarkably long way to find anyone better in this field.
— Nicola Clark, Proprietor, NJC Secretarial