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The mark of a proofreader

In these days of digital editing, Google docs and MS Word’s Track Changes, it’s easy to think that traditional proofreading marks (or proof correction symbols) – those hieroglyphics that indicate corrections to the final proofs of a text before it goes to print – are a thing of the past. No-one uses the marks any Read

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What’s the difference between copy-editing and proofreading?

When a writer places the last full stop to their manuscript it may come after a long process and with great relief but, if the reader is to get the most from the work, it is always advisable to carry out a series of checks. Experienced authors often leave their completed manuscript for some days Read

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Spellcheck won’t save you

There are two common responses when I tell people I’m a freelance proofreader and copy-editor: ‘Oh, I’d be good at that; I always notice spelling mistakes’ or ‘Can’t you just run spellcheck?’ While the latter is the most eye-roll inducing, both are based on a misconception of what a proofreader or editor does all day. Read

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Proofreading tips: Four quick ways to proofread a document

We’ve all experienced a deadline that’s crept up on us – whether for work, university or something more personal. It’s not ideal, but it happens! In these scenarios, it’s easy to think: “I don’t have time to proofread – I’ll just print/send it as it is.” However, there are some quick ways you can improve Read

­Starting out as an editorial professional: Should you specialise?

So you’re serious about pursuing a career as a freelance proofreader or editor. You’ve done some industry-recognised training, or you’re in the process of doing it. Now it’s time to get down to some market research, and if you’re serious about this, too, it won’t be long before you realise that you’re entering a highly Read