Let's talk today about proofreading! What is it and why does it matter?
Proofreading is the final stage of the writing process before going to print. The manuscript is checked for grammar, spelling, omitted words, spacing, and typographical errors. Proofreading should be done after other edits and rewrites.
Just as in the name, when you proofread, you are proofing your work. You're checking to make sure all the little things are right, that you've crossed your Ts and dotted your Is. You also want to look at things like chapter titles and page elements to make sure they match across the book. These are all things that are very important before you send your book to print!
Proofreading can be hard, since it's the last step before publication, but don't put it at the bottom of the list and do it carelessly; the last thing you want is to find an error in your printed book!
We suggest allowing an outside person, such as us, to do your proofreading in conjunction with your own reading. Sometimes your brain knows what it should say and not what it actually says, and that's where a fresh brain can help!
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