Proofread. It's Important!

The value of the proofreader is greatly underestimated. I've caught many errors (typos and grammatical errors) in best sellers. I've even spotted errors in my own manuscripts after a proofreader has returned the work reporting nothing amiss. If I find twenty mistakes, my guess is that I've missed a dozen others. (Special note: Re-read your manuscript after the proofreader is done with it.)

The proofreader is (usually) the last line of defense before a book or article goes public. Yet, too many errors slip through. Sure, some inevitably escape the trained eye. We're human after all and prone to error. However, the vast majority of them ought to be stopped and pointed out by the proofreader.

So many folks blame the author or editor for these slips, but, as an author and editor, I've seen first hand how easy it is to insert errors while correcting other ones.


The author and editor are too close to the manuscript, making it possible to miss the details after a while.

A proofreader brings a fresh set of eyes to the piece. There's no emotional attachment or weariness from having written and rewritten sentences, choosing more descriptive words, or cutting out well-love scenes that add no value to the story. But, unless attacked with the determination to find those pestersome errors, proofreading will prove less than adequate.

How to Proofread

Avoid getting too swept up into the story. It's great if the proofreader enjoys the manuscript. But, don't lose sight of the reason for reading it in the first place. Remaining focused on the task a trained mind. Definitely, let the editor and author know the manuscript was fun to proofread.

There's more to this

Read aloud. At a minimum, mouth the words. With eyes, brain, mouth, and ears all engaged, the ability to catch the almost invisible errors is possible.

Why proofread aloud?

The brain has a way of correcting flaws during silent reading. Because of this, speed reading is a bad idea for a proofreader. Reading aloud exposes the tendency of the brain to auto-correct. I've had to reread sentences when what my brain perceives differ from what my lips said. That's when I'm able to catch and point out the issue. This helps the author release a manuscript with less errors which results in less embarrassment and enhanced reading pleasure.

So, take proofreading seriously. It's important!


Introducing Endigo Society...

Norwick Robinson is a talented manga writer from Camden, NJ, and founder of Endigo Society. He's surrounded himself with remarkable graphic artists and is preparing to release the first project. Please read below to learn about this amazing young man.
1) Given the tendency for authors to have many favorite books, what a favorite book of yours?
     - I dabble in a a lot of genres so its hard to pick one. but, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is my favorite. I loved the journey the main character had to endure in the book. It reminds me of my life.

2) Besides reading/writing, what do you like to do for fun?
     - I like to watch movies and study animes. I like to study what directors do and sharpen my blade. Overall, I'm a student of the game first.

3) What/Who inspired you to write?
     - My main inspiration came from the Japanese culture. The philosophy they put into mangas is great. The one manga that stood out to me is Samurai Champloo. The way they mixed the Japanese culture with hip-hop culture is amazing.

4) How many projects have you completed/published?
     - I have my first project completed but I'm not sure if I want to take the independent route or go with a publisher.

5) What are their genres?
     - manga/syfy

6) What’s your most/least favorite thing about being a writer?
     - My most favorite thing is exceeding the standards I set for myself, and the least favorite thing is the time I put into it.

7) What do you consider as the biggest lesson learned from being a published writer?
     - Learning how to work with a team is the biggest lesson I learned. I felt as though I could do it all by myself, but I soon found out that I couldn't make progress without a team.

8) Any final words?
     - I'm just happy to put out a piece of work that's appreciated by the fans.

9) Where can readers find your writings?

10) Where can fans find you online?
     - Website: www.endigosociety.com
     - Instagram: Endigochild
     - Twitter: Endigochild
     - Facebook Fan Page: Facebook.com/EndigoSociety