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Some frequently asked questions
Below are some of the more frequently asked questions. Please get in touch if you have any more.
Proofreading is the final quality-control step to take if you want to be taken seriously.
The mechanics of proofreading are all about grammar, spelling, syntax and typography, but that’s just the method that I use to achieve my goal, which is to ensure that your writing is error-free and thus protecting your reputation and credibility. It’s my job as a proofreader to make sure that you’re being judged on the content, not the use of commas.
Getting your work proofread shows a level of commitment to quality and professionalism that is essential in building great client relationships and a reputable brand.
Copy-editing for business is about making sure that you are communicating in a way that matches your values.
This is generally what people are after when they ask for proofreading outside of the publishing industry – that 'please can you check it sounds ok' request. Proofreading is about correcting errors, whereas copy-editing makes it 'sound ok' (except we obviously strive for better than 'ok'!).
Built-in checkers are great as a starting point to check your work but they are not human beings and as yet can’t think like we can. They also work on a micro level, checking the text immediately surrounding each word rather than the document as a whole. They will not notice things like repetitions of words or excessive synonym use. They also can ‘correct’ perfectly fine sentences, and ignore blatantly wrong ones.
Take the following sentence for example:
Eye can bee leave that won can cheque sum thing and knot sea the miss steaks.
Microsoft Word’s spell checker has no problem with this sentence. An online grammar checker wanted a preposition before ‘eye’, but otherwise saw nothing wrong. If a sentence like this can get through, then what else is it missing?
You can certainly sit down with the intention of proofreading your own work, but the reality is that you’ll just be reading. Your eyes will see what they expect to see, not what you have written. This is why it’s so important to get a fresh pair of eyes on your writing, especially when those eyes are attached to someone trained to look for errors.
Below is a list of the types of work that I proofread. This is not an exhaustive list:
- Social media posts
- Email campaigns
- Printed materials
I work in either Microsoft Word or Adobe for PDFs. If your document is in a different format (e.g. a powerpoint presentation or a website) a copy will be made to one of these formats to annotate.
Microsoft Word – Word documents will be proofread using Track Changes. You will receive a clean copy and a track changes copy, allowing you to check all the changes made.
PDFs – these are annotated in Adobe Acrobat Reader using the comments and annotation tools.
To get a quote or to find out more, please contact me