There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a proofreader does, and the role is often confused with the job of editing. Related tasks, but quite different.
Proofreaders work exclusively with final typeset (or formatted) copy. It is the finished written product that you are about to print, or launch to the web, that is the proofreader’s purview.
To give your self-published book a fighting chance amongst all that competition, you should follow the professional book publishing process - author revision to manuscript, final edit, book design, cover design, and proofreading of the finished product. Consider your personal strengths and weaknesses, what can you do yourself, and are there aspects you should consider outsourcing?
A free eBook to attract readers to buy ‘book 2’ can work – so why have I only done it once? What were the turn-offs, are there solutions, and just what did that one author do that saw me going on to buy her next two books?
It's one thing to standardise spelling to local norms, it's quite another to edit out the writer's ‘voice’. Is the routine editing of fiction into American English for the US market the 'dark side' of editing?
Some of his word choices were so odd I was totally flummoxed as what actual word should be used....yet strangely, the piece flowed...
An article suggesting you stuff your website's image description boxes with search keywords? Obviously the writer had never sat in front of a computer, blindfolded, and relied on a screen reader...
Lots of websites poke fun at bad grammar. Funny yes, but I also suffer a twinge of guilt laughing at someone else's expense. So, it was refreshing to come across a ‘grammar’ story with a feel-good vibe. A story where the loser was petty bureaucracy and the underdog triumphed.
If I didn’t have the photo, and wanted to describe my cat, I would say he is a large, fluffy, silver-tabby cat, and by ordering the adjectives as I have, I have unconsciously followed the grammatical rule as to the order of adjectives.
Her top blogging tip? You WON'T BELIEVE what she wrote!
“What’s an editor do?"
I’m amazed at how many times I have been asked that. To explain the role of an editor, and how one can help you with your website, blog or e-book, I will use a simple analogy which I think everyone will understand.