Proofreading happens as the last stage of the editing process–after copy editing and after layout. When a client asks me to provide a proofread, this is usually what’s involved unless otherwise negotiated (per the list of items covered by proofreading provided by Editors Canada):

  • adherence to design
  • minor mechanical errors (such as spelling mistakes or deviations from style sheet)
  • consistency and accuracy of elements in the material (such as cross-references, running heads, captions, web page heading tags, hyperlinks, and metadata)
  • distinguishing between printer’s, designer’s, or programmer’s errors and writer’s or editor’s alterations
  • copyfitting
  • flagging or checking locations of art
  • inserting page numbers or checking them against content and page references

Check out my Portfolio for a sense of the range of my proofreading work.