A proofreader receives the proof after it has been designed, edited and typeset, correcting text and layout. I have been trained in the use of standard proofreading symbols for typesetters, but I can also use more familiar annotations if these symbols are not personally recognised. Many clients nowadays prefer to send artwork as a PDF file which has an editing facility, or as a word document using 'track changes' editing.
My proofreading service includes:
- reading for sense
- checking spelling and grammar
- correcting other typographical errors
- noting inconsistencies of style and format
- checking textual presentation
- drawing the editor's attention to any other issues.
A good proofreader is always aware of the author's chosen style and 'voice', and a close read will identify any inconsistencies which might have been missed through re-writes or revisions before going to print. Errors found at the print stage are costly.
I use the Oxford English Dictionary for corrections, unless otherwise specified.