BEST PROOFREADER NEW ZEALAND – Greetings from Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. I am Roger Corbett and I am a qualified proofreader and copy editor. My background is actually 47 years seafaring in the shipping industry, which allowed me to visit many parts of the world and to see and sample many different cultures. I have always been an avid reader of several genres, and found that I have an eye for spotting errors and inconsistencies. So, after retiring I decided to go ‘back to school’, and I graduated with a Diploma in Proofreading and Editing.
In this modern age of information technology many writers believe that the spelling and grammar checking utility that lurks in various programs on their PC or in their “Office” software suite is all they need to keep out of trouble when launching into print. For most day to day writing, this may be so. For it is fairly easy to notice an error in a relatively short text such as a single page letter, web page article, social media post or an email. Or is it?
The reality is that while these programs may prompt the user when a word is misspelled, they cannot recognise when a correctly spelled wrong word is used, or when incorrect punctuation or sentence structure conveys unintended meaning. So, if you rely solely on your spell checker to flag your typos, it is very likely that misspelled words and even wrong words with a similar sound but a different meaning will slip through.
Moreover, no matter how diligently writers check through their work, the very process of editing or rearranging text on screen is so easy that errors can be introduced and not noticed. Human nature is such that when we are reading the brain can fill in gaps and skip over errors.
In a professional context this can be both embarrassing and disastrous. Mistakes discovered after publication can be very costly, as Penguin Australia found in 2010 when an embarrassing error was found in the newly published recipe book “The Pasta Bible”. A recipe for tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto carried a misprint which prescribed the recipe as requiring “salt and freshly ground black people”.
Your writing may be your memoirs; a family history; short story; book; newsletter; academic assignment; CV; magazine article; advertising copy; blog or even a website. Whatever it may be, it is going to be read, enjoyed, reviewed, thought about and perhaps judged by somebody. You may even depend upon it as a source of income.
Therefore, it deserves to be smoothed and polished into the best final copy possible – ready to print!
That is where I come in.
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Roger Corbett Dip Edit