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.

pencil-edits-pencil“Cut out all these exclamation points.
An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald