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The best proofreader

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Who makes the best proofreader?

Authors should always, always proofread their own work but it’s too important for us to be the last proofreader. We’re just too entangled with ambitions, hopes and dreams to stand back and correct grammar and spelling properly. It might be useful for the proofreader to be on the team but only as a proofreader.

Imagine a product development team building a revolutionary new model of Flostenhammer, and one of the members writes an instruction manual. If they include an inadvertent factual error, the best person to find it would be another member of the team, because to them the mistake will be obvious. So team members should check the writing.

But there’s an important place for an outside proofreader. Imagine that the manual states: Continue Reading…