Article Proofreader and Editor

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Dictionary Series - Miscellaneous: proofreaderA lot of businesses that need presentations, newsletters or articles for blog and websites will often send their manuscript to virtual assistants who proofread and edit the articles and send it back for printing or posting on their website. Having their articles proofread and edited by a third party contractor saves them not only time but money.

After an article is written, editing is what you begin doing as soon as you finish your first rough draft. You reread your draft to see whether the article is well ordered, the shifts between sections and subsections are smooth, and your idea really corroborate your statement.

Once the article is edited comes proofreading. You read and then reread to detect and spot errors, misspelling, and grammar to be revised and corrected.

Article editing is the process of supervising or directing, selecting and preparing manuscripts or articles through the processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete work.

How to make your editing more effective

1)    Read out loud.

2)    Read backward.

3)    Cut, don’t add too much.

4)    Get rid of unnecessary redundancies you don’t need.

5)    Watch for fancy words and cut them

6)    Dispatch unattractive adverbs

7)    Avoid passive sentences

Good editing, like good writing is a skill and art. It takes time and practice to improve and cultivate a real talent for editing, but the outcome is worth it.  Your writing will be more effective, and ultimately more likely to be read. What is important is that your audience reads and understands your work and the message you want to communicate.

Proofreading is the process of reading of a script either as a galley proof to spot and correct errors of transcript. Proofreaders are expected to be consistently accurate because they occupy the final stage of typographic production before publication and or posting on your website or blog site. Thus, an effective proofreader must be very detail-oriented.

How to make proofreading more effective

1)    Read slowly, and read every word.

2)    Read the paper backwards

3)    Don’t rely entirely on spelling checkers

4)    Grammar checkers can be even more problematic.

5)    Proofread for only one kind of error at a time.

6)    Separate the text into individual sentences.

7)    Always remember that proofreading is a process.

You’re not just eyeing for errors that you recognize; you’re also learning to recognize and correct new errors. This is where handbooks and dictionaries come in. Keep the ones you find helpful and handy as you proofread.

All writers have a distinctive expression. The challenge for an editor is to make the necessary modifications to a written work in terms of structure, spelling and grammar, without changing the unique expression of the writer. The editor must do well in perfecting the work while preserving the author’s article.

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