Shedding a little light on proofreading
I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of months as a number of editing and proofreading projects have kept me busy. Even the writing of my novel has had to pause. I’m looking forward to revisiting it this weekend.
This has been a very good year and I’m blessed to have so many wonderful clients. I’m also grateful to have found a vocation that I excel at and one that doesn’t feel like work.
During my days of proofreading and editing, I of course find a variety of errors that require fixing. Every project is unique. Correcting typos and grammar, adjusting syntax and making structural edits, and performing fact-checking comprise the bulk of my services. However, there is another level of proofreading that goes beyond the words. It’s called “thinking.”
I’m currently contracted out to proofread an advertising campaign. While reading one of their promotional offers in a recent ad, I realized that something just didn’t add up. They were promoting a three-light fixture and had listed a number of features and benefits. The following was one of the add-ons they listed:
“Light bulb included.”
Can you see what is wrong with this picture? What revision do you believe would be necessary?
This is one of those sneaky typos that spell check will not pick up, and one more reason why hiring someone who is not as close to the project as you are is advised. Note: if you’re writing a novel, I offer a free chapter edit to introduce my services to you.
Have you come across a winner of a typo in your travels online or while reading, which you care to share?
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