This one-day course covers:
o what is proofreading?
o the role of the proofreader in the publishing process, whether in
traditional book publishing or in your own company
o learning to read – develop your technique so that no mistake will get
o the BSI proofreading symbols – communicating your meaning precisely
o understanding copy-editing mark-up
o judgement calls – allowing or disallowing the author’s changes
o types of proof and the types of mistake to look for
This one-day course takes over where ‘Welcome to Proofreading’ left off,
o complex copy
o difficult mark-up
o collating authors’ corrections and being the final arbiter in arguments
over what should be changed and what can be left alone
o dealing with page make-up and widows, compensating for added or
o checking revised proofs
When publishers talk about proofreading it has a precise meaning: checking that the words (and pictures, and everything else) have been put correctly on to the printed page. This is quite separate from the copy-editing stage, where:
o spelling, grammar and punctuation are corrected
o factual errors are spotted and put right (you hope!)
o inconsistencies are resolved
o anything unclear is queried with the author.
Of course, the proofreader is also on the alert for all these problems. Proofreading is the last chance to catch errors and ‘infelicities’ before the publication reaches the eventual reader. In addition, the proofreader will assess the final appearance of the document to make sure that the material on the printed page looks right; for example, they will look for:
o extra or missing spaces
o duplicated or missing letters and words
o consistency of appearance of headings, figure and table
captions, ‘displayed’ material such as quotations
o correct positioning of illustrations
o bad word breaks at the end of lines (if you have them).
Whatever your business, and whatever publications you produce, proofreading has a core meaning. It’s all about quality control – the last chance to save your blushes!