What Does A Proofreader Do?


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Louise Gorman Profile
Louise Gorman answered
A proofreader is someone who checks through a document (either written or electronic) for spelling or grammatical errors, using a set of special proofreading marks. Proofreaders can either work in conjunction with publishing houses or as a freelancer.

Proofreaders are paid a substantial fee for their work. From 1 April 2006, The NUJ's (National Union of Journalists) suggested rate for proofreaders is £17.50 per hour, though freelance proofreaders will negotiate fess with their clients.

Proofreaders will either check documents against copy, or perform a blind reading, which is looking through the work without checking against a copy.

Proofreaders are able to join the Society of Editors and Proofreaders, which offers training courses for proofreaders, offers to help proofreaders find work, and provides discounts, though a fee is required for membership. There is also a monthly magazine released by the society, which contains useful information for editors and proofreaders. The magazine is free to members, but non-members and retired members have to pay to subscribe.
Sarah Harris Profile
Sarah Harris , Conception of Proofreading, answered

Proof reading is one kind of correcting documents written on paper or it may be some sort of electronic documentation.

Md Siddiqur Rahman Profile
Md Siddiqur Rahman , A student, answered
Proofreading means to check your writing carefully to find and amend any errors and mistakes both grammatically and stylistically, as well as in spelling. It is part of the editorial process.
Adam O'Connell Profile
Adam O'Connell , Professional proofreading services, answered

A professional proofreader person will check for any spelling mistakes in the given document
first.   Then for any punctuation errors and also for poorly
presented text on the page if any. All of this is done by turning on a
special feature in MS Word called ‘Track Changes’.

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