Proofreading is the last stage AFTER copy-editing and BEFORE a text is ready for publication. Apart from checking for grammar, spelling, typos and general consistency, the proofreader acts as quality control to pick up errors missed previously, or to point out issues introduced during the layout of your text.
I have done Afrikaans and English proofreading on everything from activity books for preschoolers, romance novels, true crime (exposing Boereverneukers now as seen on TV), textbooks on company law, and more cookbooks I can shake a spatula at (by South Africa’s only Michelin-star chef as well as a couple of MasterChef contestants), to guides for teenagers about their behaviour online, tell-all exposés about the lives of the rich and famous, and government guides on environmental-friendly living (winning ‘Best One-off Publication’ in the SA Publications Forum 2020 competition).
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
Word and line breaks
Typos and introduced errors
Spelling, grammar and punctuation
Tables, figures and illustrations
Layout, captions, headers and footers
Index and internal cross-references
Contents page, page numbers and chapter titles