As a company dedicated to proofreading and editing, we at Elite Editing of course already know and passionately believe in the power of proofreading. So we figured, who better to share the secrets of that power than us? Here, we’ve broken it down into three parts:
- The Definition of Proofreading
- How Proofreading is Different from Editing
- When is a Professional Proofreader Required?
When finished, this series should present you with a clear picture of what proofreading is and why it’s important, thus revealing the secrets of its power! But first, an introduction.
Simply put, proofreading has the power to improve your credibility and prevent embarrassment. Now, we are not so enamored with proofreading that we think you need to proofread the text message to your best friend saying you’ll be late to meet for dinner. But what about a report for your boss? What about an admissions essay for college? What about your family’s holiday newsletter?
Everyone makes mistakes when writing.
Everyone, even professional writers, editors, and proofreaders, fails at creating the perfect draft the first time. People involved in the writing professions know that proofreading is an essential part of the writing process. Check out this list of ten humorous proofreading mistakes that nobody would want to make.
Submitting a written document with errors in it makes you look sloppy, careless, or, at worst, stupid. This is not the image you want to present. This will not help you get into college. Your family won’t love you anymore. (Kidding. Just want to make sure you’re still reading.) Proofreading cleans up your document so that you can present yourself in the best possible light.
So what exactly is proofreading? We answer that question in Part 2: The Definition of Proofreading.