Proofreaders are responsible for finding errors and consistencies and then deciding whether or not to correct them. This will depend on the time/budget allocated for a publication. Proofreaders are the last to read a publication before it goes to print; making too many corrections at this stage will delay the project and increase the cost.
Proofreaders must consider whether a correction is essential, desirable or luxurious.
Essential corrections must always be made! Examples are:
- a glaring fault in the typography, design or layout of the material
- a typographical error
- a factual error
Desirable corrections are made depending on the number of essential corrections and if time/budget allows. Examples are:
- a bad line break
- a glaring inconsistency in editorial style
- poor writing that causes confusion or misinterpretation of the text
Luxurious corrections should be avoided at the proofreading stage. Examples are:
- less than elegant layout
- a hidden inconsistency in editorial style
- infelicitous prose
Always check with the publisher what level of proofreading they require!
Share this post: