5 Tips For Successful Proofreading

K.M. Allan

For someone who is a writer, I’ve done very little of it lately. This is because I’ve been spending the last few months editing and proofreading the four books that make up my YA supernatural series. As a result, I’ve become pretty apt at revising drafts, or at least I’ve learned enough about proofreading to share some valuable tips.

Make A List

Before you start proofreading, you should have a list of what you want to tackle; such as…

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Physical Character Descriptions (eye color, hair color, tall, short, etc.)
  • Settings/Locations
  • Dialogue

Make a basic list of common proofing goals (like those above), as well as a list of things to check that are specific to your book. No one knows better than you which words or phrases you repeat, or that Timmy fell down the well in chapter three so he can’t be at school in chapter…

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2 responses to “5 Tips For Successful Proofreading

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I’ve never tried tackling one writing category at a time, but it certainly might help you focus and not get overwhelmed.

    By the way, you might be interested in our writers club. We network with a variety of publishing professionals, from editors to designers and proofreaders, to help authors be able to afford the help they need, and free editing is one of our member perks. https://ryanlanz.com/writers-club/

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