Learn about how editors and proofreaders work, and how complex the job can turn out to be
Delighted to welcome back Wendy Janes with a post on proofreading fiction and non-fiction books. Wendy is also the author of two books and you can find out more about those later in the post.
Back in the twentieth century when I started out as a freelance proofreader I worked solely on non-fiction, mainly academic texts for a variety of publishing houses. Each had an in-house style guide that editors and proofreaders were expected to work from, which was very useful for a newbie who felt she needed a safety net.
In addition to correcting grammar and punctuation, I became involved in decisions about the hierarchy of headings, styles for different types of lists, plus the setting of figures, tables and boxes. I was also required to check in-text quotations and references against bibliographies and reference lists, as well as ensuring that bibliographies and reference lists were set correctly and…
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