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Proofreading Is Vital to Your Success As a Writer

April 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

If you want to become a successful writer there are a number of challenges that you will need to overcome. Not least of these is being able to get your work seen and selected over the thousands of other manuscripts that get submitted to publishers every single day. One easy way to help you achieve this is to ensure you proofread the manuscript, cover letter and synopsis that you send to the publisher.

Proofreading your manuscript is an absolute must, not only will it help you to spot any spelling and grammar mistakes but it may also allow you to notice any inconsistencies in your storyline, characterisation or writing style. Proofreading should be seen as the final stage of writing your book, not an extra or even worse, an optional stage. It is an absolute necessity; all successful writers will have utilised a copy editor and a proofreader at some point in their career, and will continue to do so no matter how successful they become.

In addition to proofreading your manuscript, you will need to proofread any other documents that the publishers ask you to submit. This could include a synopsis, an author biography, a marketing plan and a cover letter. When proofreading these documents you should be looking for spelling errors and grammar mistakes and ensuring that the content meets the requirements of the publisher. Always remember that each publisher will issue their own specific submission guidelines and you should read these carefully and abide by their rules and regulations. Failure to do so could mean that your manuscript will be returned to you unread, or, if you haven't included the required return postage, put straight in the bin, without a single word of your hard work being read.

As you can see, a successful writer must also be a successful proofreader, or at least understand the importance of proofreading, and be able to source a good proofreader. Getting a third-party to proofread your work is often preferable to proofreading your own work. This is because if you have been writing a book for some time, you will know the content inside out, and in this situation, when it comes to proofreading you may end up visualising words that aren't actually there, simply because you know what you wanted to say originally, even if it didn't quite make it onto the paper. There are a number of ways to source a proofreader, and it may be worth requesting a sample proofread to assess their abilities before you ask them to proofread the whole manuscript. After all, your final submission must be flawless in every possible way if you want to stand the best chance of success.

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