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Proofreading

What is Proofreading?

Proofreading is different from editing in that we check for surface errors. This is normally a step that is done after the editing has been completed and before a document is sent for printing.

Proofreading should not be done in replacement of editing because they both involve different steps. In other words, technically the checklists for editing and proofreading are not the same. Therefore, make sure you always ask for what your document really needs and be aware of the differences. If you ask for proofreading, you will not get editing.

Typically, editing costs more than proofreading because it’s more involved and time consuming. The editor works more closely with the author to get the document ready for proofreading stage. Hiring someone to do proofreading because it costs less than editing, when in reality what you need is editing first and then proofreading, is doing a disservice to your document or book manuscript and all the hard word you put into it for weeks and months. During the proofreading stage, we look for:

  • Consistent language
  • Formatting
  • Gets document ready for publication
  • Grammar
  • Improves already good writing
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Typing errors
Why do you need us?
If your document or book manuscript has already been edited by a third party, then consider having it proofread by a fresh set of eyes to avoid last minute layout errors from going to print or to simply look for things that were overlooked during the editing stages. Either way, we can assist you with the editing and proofreading of your document or book manuscript. During the final stages when your manuscript is laid out and corrections go back and forth, additional errors can be made in the rush of things while applying the new changes. It’s human nature and it happens all the time. This is why we pay attention to the details. More often than not, copy gets accidentally misplaced or even omitted during the layout process when text gets shifted around to fit the design specifications. That’s why we’re here to serve as your “final proofreading safety net service.”

Call or text Virginia Earl at
(951) 551-4566
for more details.

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