For a writer creating good content is a must. Which is why before the work is released it should be edited as thoroughly as possible. But sometimes no matter how thorough the initial editing errors still come up. This is where proofreading comes in. Proofreading is a form of editing which is usually done after the material has been copy-edited. The material is then sent to a designer or typesetter, wherein the work is then printed or displayed. Technically it is the quality check-up before the work is published.
- It is highly versatile
The true beauty of proofreading is the fact that it is the last hurdle before you have your book published, thus it has to be as versatile as possible to cover every aspect of the material. The work done by proofreaders are extensive. They compare the proofs to the edited copy. They also check the page numbers and table of contents so that they conform to publishing standards. The writing style is also checked to ensure that it is consistent, this includes the spelling and hyphenation.
Proofreading also judges the need for changes according to the budget and schedule. Because just one change can affect the materials publishing time.
- It is very thorough
Proofreading has to be very thorough because the repercussions of being sloppy may mean failure for the proofread material. Remember that this is the final step before you have your book published thus it is important for the proofreader to be highly skilled at spotting mistakes and communicating them with the author as soon as possible.
- Proofreaders do not Copy-Edit the material
Proofreading is technically the last threshold before you have your book published. Which is why it is very important that your book is as well-edited as possible. It also makes corrections very expensive because this may entail the material to be copy-edited again. This is why proofreaders have to inform the author as soon as possible.