Proofreading is done on a manuscript after it has received its final edit. If a manuscript has been properly edited, there shouldn’t be many things for a proofreader to find. This service requires a fresh pair of eyes to look for any typographical errors and formatting inconsistencies.
Proofreading will look for:
- Spelling errors
- Format/layout inconsistencies
- Punctuation style inconsistencies
Proofreading is the last step in the editing process. Too many authors jump ahead to this step when their manuscript still needs more editing, and this is how a sloppy book gets published.
Proofreading does not include correcting editorial mistakes that should have been addressed by the author and editor(s). As your proofreader I can point out questionable grammar and punctuation “errors,” but since there are many rules and exceptions to the rules, it often depends on house/author style. Regardless, the style used should be consistent throughout the manuscript, and the client should specify if any particular house style or style guide was used during the editing process.