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The term proofreading is sometimes used to refer to copy editing, and vice versa. Proofreading is the reading of an article publication to detect and correct production errors of text or art, but it also can include corrections to style and correctness of language, spelling and grammar. Proofreaders are expected to be consistently accurate by default because they occupy the last stage of typographic production before publication.

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Proofreading & Editing Techniques for Executives & Managers

pexels-photo-381949.jpegIt’s hard to spoil high-quality content… or not? When it comes to content marketing and the creation of different types of writing content, proofreading and editing is just as crucial as the research and writing itself.

Why? Because when you offer writing content to the audience, you have to make sure that it looks flawless. Errors and typos that might slip into your writing can ruin this impression as well as damage your reputation. They basically tell the audience either that you weren’t attentive enough and didn’t put many efforts into content creation or that you have some problems with grammar and punctuation, which means that you aren’t a good writer you claim to be.

Either reaction is bad. It’s obvious that if you want to avoid it, you have to invest time and efforts into high-quality proofreading and editing. However, what exactly does this mean? What do you have to do in order to make your writing really polished and feel proofread?

1. Use various services.
The first and the simplest thing to do is to proofread your writing using some online service (for example, Grammarly). Such services check your grammar and punctuation and some of them even give you some stylistic tips.

However, if you want to make the most out of it, don’t settle for one service only. Choose a couple of other ones too and run your writing through them to ensure that all the errors were spotted.

2. Avoid distraction.
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by:Andrew Leniart
I find the statements highlighted below to be deliciously ironic to what this post is all about.

when you offer writing content to the audience, you have to make sure that it looks flawless

They basically tell the audience either that you weren’t attentive enough and didn’t put many efforts into content creation or that you have some problems with grammar and punctuation, which means that you aren’t a good writer you claim to be.

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by:BillDL
Some additions to Andrew Leniart's keen observations:

Feel free to invent a new word if you feel that the existing one is boring.  For example, "automated" is a terribly clichéd (so 90s) word that really needs to be "-ized" to jazz it up and make it fit for modern day corporate buzz-word parlance.

Just like any other tools, they are automatized and so unable to spot all the mistakes.

Sometimes we are so focused on grammar checks that we forget that other things have to be checked too.

I invariably find spelling and grammar errors on websites offering proofreading and essay writing services, so please don't take offence.  We all make such mistakes, but in articles about proofreading and on websites offering proofreading services, the spelling and grammar should be faultless.
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Proofreading

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The term proofreading is sometimes used to refer to copy editing, and vice versa. Proofreading is the reading of an article publication to detect and correct production errors of text or art, but it also can include corrections to style and correctness of language, spelling and grammar. Proofreaders are expected to be consistently accurate by default because they occupy the last stage of typographic production before publication.

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