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Steps to Publishing — Proofreading
Continuing with Steps to Publishing, Proofreading is Step Five:
What is a Proofreader and why do you need one after going through all of the other steps?
A Proofreader is what all of the previous steps listed will attempt, but there will always be something that is missed. Your/You’re, Their/They’re/There, That/Who, Effect/Affect, and so on and so forth.
A Proofreader should NOT make changes to the punctuation once a Professional Copy Editor has made their edits. However, your proofreader might tell you if your editor did not do their job correctly. If your proofreader is questioning the edits made by a copy editor, it might be time to investigate to see if your editor has done their job thoroughly and accurately.
I know each step also equals
an expense. However, if your
dream is to be a great
writer, author, or novelist,
editing should never be an option.
It should be a requirement.
OF the five steps discussed this week, beta readers and critique partners will often do this for you for free or in exchange for the same — you beta read or critique for one author while they do the same for you. Beta readers might be friends or family and you can have more than one beta reader to help you with content and flow.
Content Editing, Copy Editing, and Proofreading will cost.
Of the three, it is my opinion, if you find a Copy Editor who is thorough and concise, this should be the one service you do NOT skip.
If you hire an editor like me, I offer minor content editing as I perform copy edits. Of course, all copy editors do proofreading, too. The reason for a separate proofread is to catch anything that might have been missed previously. Remember... there is no such thing as the perfect book, but we could come pretty darn close!
(For the complete list of definitions of each of these steps can be found on my website: http://www.rogenamitchell.com/steps-to-publishing.html)
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