Proofreading is an essential part of the writing and editing process. Not only does it provide a fresh perspective on how the writing flows, but even the most knowledgeable authors can be blind to their own spelling and grammar mistakes after much repetitive reading. A good proofreader strives to not only zero in on mistakes, but also to approach the piece as a first-time reader, pointing out sentences that may be constructed in a confusing way.
Self-publishing is a challenging route to take, filled with all sorts of pitfalls that unwary writers may fall into. One of the most obvious pitfalls is the choice to cut corners by skipping an important step: proofreading. If you are a self-publisher, don't make the mistake of thinking you can skip that important step.
A book that is filled with errors will not become popular, because it will not be recommended either by word of mouth, or on websites. And don't be fooled into thinking you can proofread your own document; it is a known fact that when writers read their own writing, they tend to see what they expect to see, which means errors remain unnoticed and unfixed.
Proofreading can be expensive, but it is necessary. Portland Proof can help, by providing an affordable service to help you put the finishing touches on your work.
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