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A Writer's Guide to Proofreading



Proofreading is one of the last steps of your novel, but it might be one of the most important. Proofreading is reviewing a final draft of your manuscript, finding capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and syntax errors. They also watch for consistency in style and formatting errors. This is the last thing you do for your manuscript, meaning the product is a completed document.


Proofreading Style & Consistency

A key criteria for your proofreader is their style and niche. Proofreaders in the UK, for example, will have a different editing style than proofreaders in the US. Different proofreaders also work in different niches and have expertise in specific mediums or genres. I provide proofreading services to fiction authors at freelance rates.


On Your Own

There are tons of tools online you can do to provide your own proofreading pass. Online websites such as Grammarly or ProWritingAid do excellent jobs at catching most grammatical mistakes. Using these sites alone does not guarantee the most accurate passthrough, so make sure you have a proofreader look over it anyway.


Proofreading passes are crucial to making sure you have a put together manuscript either for indie publishing or traditional publishing. Send a request for a sample edit today to see if we make a nice fit.


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