What Do Prooofreaders Do? “ The Essential Qualities of a Good Proofreader Are to Love Reading and Pointing out the Mistake...
The Editorial Process Writer puts words on paper Text is edited Text is designed Text is set into type Text is proofread C...
Proofreaders Fulfill the Function of Editorial Quality Control <ul><li>Proofreaders check the work of the typesetter </li>...
Some Proofreading Is Specialized <ul><li>Financial </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign languages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign alpha...
<ul><li>Check the words and everything about them </li></ul><ul><li>Check consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Check overall appe...
Check the Words and Everything About Them <ul><li>100% responsibility for </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>of Spel1ing  </li></ul><ul><li>of Punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Of Format </li></ul><ul><li>of Style </li></ul><ul...
Check Overall Appearance <ul><li>Text shouldn’t run into artwork </li></ul><ul><li>Text shouldn’t run into the next column...
Books and Work Tools <ul><li>Dictionary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign language </li...
Sample Proofreading Marks <ul><li>Typographic symbols </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation symbols </li></ul>delete insert Close ...
Danny Marcus <ul><li>Print and electronic formats </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher of Proofreading </li></ul><ul><li>62 Washingto...
Danny Marcus Word Worker 781-631-3886 The End
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Get Paid to Read Books and Point Out Other People\'s Mistakes

  1. 1. What Do Prooofreaders Do? “ The Essential Qualities of a Good Proofreader Are to Love Reading and Pointing out the Mistakes of Others.” Danny Marcus © 2003
  2. 2. The Editorial Process Writer puts words on paper Text is edited Text is designed Text is set into type Text is proofread Corrected text is sent to printer
  3. 3. Proofreaders Fulfill the Function of Editorial Quality Control <ul><li>Proofreaders check the work of the typesetter </li></ul><ul><li>Proofreaders check the work of the copy editor </li></ul><ul><li>Proofreaders check the work of the designer </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some Proofreading Is Specialized <ul><li>Financial </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign languages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign alphabets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Math and other technical material </li></ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Court Reporters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Braille </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Check the words and everything about them </li></ul><ul><li>Check consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Check overall appearance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is not a check of design specifications </li></ul></ul>Three General Responsibilities
  6. 6. Check the Words and Everything About Them <ul><li>100% responsibility for </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency of spelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorrect spelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Missing, or wrong, or extra letters, or letters in the wrong order </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All the correct letters but something else is wrong </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Hyphenation </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 100% responsibility for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Punctuation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word usage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpretability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less responsibility than above for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Factual correctness </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>of Spel1ing </li></ul><ul><li>of Punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Of Format </li></ul><ul><li>of Style </li></ul><ul><li>of Layout </li></ul><ul><li>of Factual statements </li></ul>Check Consistency l lc
  8. 8. Check Overall Appearance <ul><li>Text shouldn’t run into artwork </li></ul><ul><li>Text shouldn’t run into the next column or off the page </li></ul><ul><li>Too short a line in the middle of a paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>Differently sized text in an odd place </li></ul><ul><li>Uneven spacing between words </li></ul><ul><li>Lowercase letter L in place of number 1 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Dumb” quotes in place of “smart” quotes </li></ul>
  9. 9. Books and Work Tools <ul><li>Dictionary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speller/divider </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Usage guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prescriptivist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Descriptivist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Style guides </li></ul><ul><li>Reference books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Almanac </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Atlas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Erasable pencil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carmine Red is best color </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Big block eraser </li></ul><ul><li>Self-sticking notes </li></ul><ul><li>Straightedge </li></ul><ul><li>Calculator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proofread math </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Magnifier </li></ul><ul><li>Type scale </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sample Proofreading Marks <ul><li>Typographic symbols </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation symbols </li></ul>delete insert Close up Insert period Insert comma Insert apostrophe
  11. 11. Danny Marcus <ul><li>Print and electronic formats </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher of Proofreading </li></ul><ul><li>62 Washington Street, Suite 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Marblehead, Mass. 01945-3553 </li></ul><ul><li>781-631-3886/ emildanelle@yahoo.com </li></ul><ul><li>Copy Editor </li></ul>Proofreader
  12. 12. Danny Marcus Word Worker 781-631-3886 The End

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