What is proofreading?

(And why is it worth investing in a professional proofreader?)

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Proofreading is more than a quick check for any typos. As a professional proofreader, I can help you to produce the best possible version of your text, so that your readers get the best possible impression of you and your work.

It’s almost impossible for anyone to proofread their own work. We all see what we think we have written and not what is actually on the page! I won’t simply check your spelling, grammar and punctuation; I will also check for consistency and accuracy throughout your document. For example, I’ll check that you have been consistent in terms of spellings, hyphenation and capitalisation, that you haven’t contradicted yourself, and that any images are clearly labelled and in the right place!

If you’d like to find out more about proofreading – and whether you need a proofreader or a copy-editor – take a look at the factsheet produced by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.