Proofreading is so much more than simply correcting stray typos and pesky misspellings. Proofreaders examine materials in their final form (be it a novel, cookbook, or blog post), after layout and formatting, as they will appear to the reader. Though proofreaders do look for errors in the text that other editing rounds have missed, they also check that design specifications have been met, identify formatting errors such as “bad breaks” and missing headers, flag poor-quality images, and much more!
If proofreading doesn’t sound like editing, that’s because it’s quite different from making improvements to the text. Think of proofreading as the process of sweeping away the pencil shavings left by other editorial rounds and ensuring the material is ready to print. It’s a unique job that requires a unique set of skills.
In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn the important distinctions between proofreading and copyediting, understand why proofreading comes last in the editorial process, and gain fundamental knowledge about the types of errors to look for. You’ll also be introduced to various types of markup, concentrating on PDF stamps and Adobe tools. If you’ve ever wondered how to branch out into proofreading or make it the starting point of your editorial career, this session is for you.
Jennifer Dinsmore, owner of Jennifer Dinsmore Editorial since 2015, is a full-time editor and proofreader who specializes in working with independent authors. She is a certified proofreader through Editors Canada and is currently a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and ACES: The Society for Editing. Jennifer is also very involved with the editing community, and since late last year has taken on a joint leadership role to develop and evolve the Editors Tea Club. Outside of editing, Jennifer enjoys painting, running, and spending time with her partner and their two pets.
This webinar originally aired on June 29, 2023.