What is proofreading?

One of the services I offer is proofreading, but what exactly is that?

Put simply, proofreading is removing errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t really know where apostrophes are meant to go, or who feels a chill at the phrase ‘subject/verb agreement’, don’t worry about it. That’s what I’m here to sort out, so you can just get on with writing.

So who could benefit from proofreading?

Honestly, everyone. For some people, spelling and grammar is really not their forte, so getting a proofreader is an obvious choice. But even the most grammar-savvy among us can sometimes make mistakes with their own work. I’m sure many of us have had the experience of reading something over and over and still not spotting a really obvious mistake. Sometimes you need a proofreader to fill in the gaps in your grammar knowledge and sometimes you just need a fresh pair of eyes.

What’s proofreading like?

Really fun. Of course I’m going to say that, it’s my job, but fortunately it’s also a job I love. If you have an eye for detail and a love of words, proofreading is really great work, and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as taking a piece of writing and neatening it up.

Want to have a go yourself?

See if you can spot the errors in this short paragraph. Remember to keep an eye out for:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spacing
  • Capitalisation

“Much as Warren worshiped Marjorie, he had to admit that Bernice was sort of dopeless She was pretty, with dark hare and high colour, but she was no fun at a party. Ever saturday night he danced a long arduous duty dance with her to please  Marjore, but he had never be anything but bored in her company.”

Did you spot all the mistakes?

Here are the answers (the fixed mistakes are bold and underlined):

“Much as Warren worshipped Marjorie, he had to admit that Bernice was sort of dopeless. She was pretty, with dark hair and high colour, but she was no fun at a party. Every Saturday night he danced a long arduous duty dance with her to please Marjorie, but he had never been anything but bored in her company.”

Did you spot the extra space between ‘please’ and ‘Marjorie’? Then you really have an eye for this and maybe you could be a proofreader too!

Hopefully this has given you a good idea of what proofreading is all about, so if you need me to polish your written work for you, do get in touch.

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