Some Tips Proofreaders Should Ponder On

A well written piece of literature has had gone through a lot of proofreading as well as editing service. Before it is published or released to target readers, multiple proofreaders and editors would go through it. In this way, lesser risk of committing an error would be observed.

There are a lot of people who offer proofreading services. They think that it is an easy enough job and they don’t have to do so much to do than to correct what is already written. The truth is, it is a challenging job because you have to painstakingly correct each and every error there is. It is also not that easy to find the errors because it is easy to overlook them. The author has missed them in the first place because it is not easy to spot. You really have to have an eye for detail to successfully proofread a document.

As a proofreader, you have to work carefully. Even though you are already experienced, there is always room for improvement and there is always room for errors. In light of this, we have listed some tips to help you with your proofreading.

• No one is perfect.
There are many writers out there who are not that great with grammar but their imagination is superb. They can create stories that are interesting and could get readers hooked and asking for more. Learn to accept this about yourself then find someone else to do the other works for you. Proofreaders are there to polish your work but the writing is still yours.

• Know the rules
How can you follow the rules in writing if you don’t know them? It is important for you to know the rules and understand them. There are books you can buy and read so that you can educate yourself more. The more you educate yourself, the more you will know and the lesser mistakes you will make.

• Proofreading can wait
Don’t be too eager to proofread your work. First draft your ideas and reserve the revisions for later. It can wait while you try to write every idea that pops in your head. It would be more difficult for you to forget that idea rather than to proofread your work.

• Errors magically disappear
You have to learn to accept that your work may still have some errors to it even if you have revised it for the tenth time. This is because your brain can automatically correct the error it sees to a point where you don’t see the error anymore. Give the written work to someone else who hasn’t seen it so that it could be proofread properly.

• A lot budgets for proofreaders.
Professional proofreaders require a fee for their work and their work and they do deserve it. They do a pretty good job in proofreading your work for you. If you think that you are spending too much on these, you can always ask an English teacher or other writers to proofread it for you but don’t expect that they’ll do as great as professional proofreaders do.


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