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What does it take to make a good proofreader?

18 August 2021

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Proofreading is an essential part of our offering as a self-publishing service. Our proofreading and editing service is an extra that shouldn’t be overlooked. It certainly pays to have your manuscript proofed and checked over by a professional!

A proof read book is more likely to be better received by your audience and the wider literary world. The smallest spelling and grammar errors shouldn’t slip through the cracks when publishing a book, regardless of its niche or target audience, and with the help of our proofreading experts they don’t have to.

Our proofreaders are the crème de la crème of the industry, but what makes them the right professionals for the job? We reveal what makes a good proofreader and explore how these qualities will make your manuscript stand out from the crowd, for all the right reasons.


Excellent spelling and grammar

Having an excellent grasp of spelling, grammar and punctuation is vital as a proofreader. Most will need an above average understanding to ensure precise proofreading across a wide variety of subject matter.

A good proofreader shouldn’t just rely on the spelling, grammar and punctuation rules they learnt back at school, college or university either. Like many disciplines, English language changes over time and with this, some rules can become outdated. Our proofreaders keep up to date with the latest in best practice to ensure expert proofing every time.


Meticulous attention to detail

Not everyone has the eagle eyes our proofreaders have. It takes a special kind of person to identify the most miniscule errors that will be spotted by the most meticulous readers.

Our experienced proofreaders won’t just spot spelling mistakes, they’ll be able to highlight and rectify grammatical errors and punctuation faux pas as well as blunders that make your book trickier to read, appreciate and enjoy.


A high level of patience

Patience is the key to successful proofreading. Proofreading after all takes time, which makes organisation and patience essential parts of the job. Proofreaders have to stay sharp, go slowly and take regular breaks to ensure nothing is missed, and this is used to dictate all proofreading timescales.

You can trust our professional proofreaders and editors to assist you on your journey to spelling and grammar perfection. With prices starting from just £3 per 500 words, a perfectly proof read manuscript doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Contact New Generation Publishing today to find out more about our proofreading and editing service.


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