Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Importance of Proofreading
These three examples show exactly why proofreading is so important. Before you ever send even a query letter to a publisher, you should go back and thoroughly proofread your work. Check for grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes. Use your grammar-checker and spell-checker, but also use your own knowledge of the English language. If you are unsure of your abilities or want a second set of eyes, don't be afraid to call on a trusted friend to help you out.
Once your piece moves on to the next level, don't be afraid to double-check the work of your editor. Even if they are the best in their field, they are human too and can accidentally skip over something that will be obvious to others. Ask to see the final manuscript, the cover, and any other details that will be shown to the public world. This is your name that is being put out there, make sure you are confident that it is the best it can be.