What are the benefits of proofreading?
Why proofread when you can use a spellchecker? Well, spellcheckers and Autocorrect can be useful in a limited way (and also dangerous) but should not be relied upon in place of an experienced professional proofreader, such as myself, who can provide additional benefits and advantages of proofreading:
- provide objectivity and a fresh pair of eyes as the author of a document or publication will often read what they expect to see
- check on word usage and identify or amend words or phrases that your spellchecker would not spot, such as using ‘that’ instead of ‘than’, or ‘to’ instead of ‘too’
- check spelling and correct misspelled words or identify words used in the wrong context, e.g. ‘their’, ‘there’ or ‘they’re’
- check punctuation, grammar, and capitalization style
- avoid repetition of words, phrases, or ideas
- identify clichés, “legalese”, and jargon
- check the clarity and consistency of your message and that it is suitable for the intended readership
- check the consistency of writing style, layout and presentation of facts
- smooth out differences in style where there are multiple authors or contributors to a document or publication
- provide peace of mind and assurance that your document is the best that you can make it and will be understood by the reader
- help protect your business or brand from damage caused by documents containing errors or confused wording
- add value to your business in ensuring you produce correct, concise, clear, and consistent written communications that reduce misunderstandings and queries
- save money by picking up errors much earlier and avoiding costly reprints.
“I would recommend him without reservation to anyone seeking the highest level of proofreading skills.”
(Testimonial from educational publishing client)
Dangers of failing to proofread
Check for problems caused by lack of proper proofreading in my blog The dangers of failing to proofread.
Online proofreading services offered
The value of proofreading
For some examples of the value of proofreading see the page Proofreading case studies.
Do not gamble with the reputation and future of yourself or your business – invest in quality proofreading from Stephen York Editorial Services. The cost of proofreading could work out less than you think, but the cost of not proofreading could be substantially more!