The editorial freelancing directory Find A Proofreader has published a short proofreading guide that I compiled especially for those who hire editorial services. The article includes an outline of the benefits of hiring a professional proofreader and some tips on what to consider to ensure the person you choose is the best fit for you. Here's an introductory excerpt ...
“Most writing could be better. Not just a little better – significantly better … A little attention to the final details can kick ‘pretty good’ to ‘magnificent’.” (D Bnonn Tennant)
Why should you hire a professional proofreader before you make public your carefully crafted words? The quotation from D Bnonn Tennant above says it all – attention to detail makes a difference.
I assume you’ve written whatever it is that you’ve written because you wanted to communicate an idea to others – perhaps those words aim to entertain (novel, magazine), educate (thesis, monograph, journal article), inform (business report), sell a product (website, marketing brochure), or persuade (job application form, CV). It’s essential those words work for you, that their meaning is understood ...
To read the full guide, click here.
Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copyeditor. She curates The Proofreader's Parlour and is the author of several books on business planning and marketing for editors and proofreaders.
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