When you put a lot of time and effort into a piece of writing, it is easy to miss errors in your work. You have a clear idea about what should be there, and that makes it difficult to see what is out of place or not there at all. Your reader doesn’t know that. Any errors or gaps that have crept in during the production process are a potential obstruction to the message that you want to communicate. That’s where a proofreader comes in.
Proofreading is usually the final stage of the publication process. It is the last check before a piece of writing is sent out into the world. In the publishing world, this happens after the work of the copy-editor is complete. Outside of publishing, sometimes a document requires a little more intervention.
I offer two approaches depending on your document’s needs.
A final, careful check to make sure everything is accurate and consistent before you publish your work.
For when the document requires some light editing, but not to the same level as a full editing job.
You can learn more about the differences between proofreading and editing here.
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