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Proofreading is the last-chance effort to remove all typos and minor errors from book pages and upload files that have been converted to their final form (typeset and paginated). I make sure no errors appear—all cross-references are legitimate, page layout conforms to design, and nothing is missing or included by mistake.

I am careful to minimize the number of costly last-minute changes and resist the urge to cross into the copyeditor’s realm at this late stage!

An abbreviated list of proofreading tasks:

Proof for sense and egregious errors

Correct spelling errors

Check word breaks/end-of-line hyphenation

Check for proper application of design, style, and fonts

Check page numbers and running heads/feet

Check for proper placement and referencing of elements such as images, figures, tables

Check general page appearance

Check page spreads for alignment


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