How To Determine If Your Work Needs Proofreading
Ask yourself these questions:
1. Has my work had content editing and copy editing?
2. Do I feel my work is ready for printing?
3. I would like one last read-through to check for…
- Simple editing mistakes
- Page, heading, or formatting omissions
- Consistency in style: font, margins, and overall look
If you answered yes to any of the questions in the list above, you would benefit from proofreading.
Proofreading is the careful reading of a piece that is almost ready for printing. A proofreader checks for omissions of pages, inconsistencies in formatting, does light corrections, and ensures that the work is polished. If too many edits are needed, the work would benefit from a more in-depth type of editing. Proofreading is beneficial to those who have already completed intensive edits and need a second look before submitting their work. Even a few errors can detract from the reading experience and cause a work not to reach its potential. Proofreading is quality control and confirms that a manuscript is ready to be published.