Read these 13 Print Newsletter Proofreading Tips tips to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. Each tip is approved by our Editors and created by expert writers so great we call them Gurus. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Newsletter tips and hundreds of other topics.
Have you looked at your text over and over, but are still concerned as to whether there may be a typo or a word left out? Try reading what you've written - backwards (right to left). This forces you to say each word and see exactly what you have typed. Your brain will not "automatically" fill in words as it sometimes does when reading normally (left to right).
You will catch more typos and errors by proofreading a hard copy proof of your newsletter, than by reading the copy from a computer screen. Not only is it easier on your eyes, but you will be able to see who has made which previous changes/corrections. (There's also no chance that your hard copy will "crash!")
With practice, you can become quite proficient in your proofreading skills (without the aid of spellcheck!) The most practical method of proofreading by one person is by reading a line, phrase, or sentence on the proof, then reading the same line, phrase, or sentence on the manuscript and comparing the two.
Not sure how many times to proofread an article? Easy! Keep proofreading until you are absolutely, positively convinced there are NO ERRORS anywhere!
As a general guide, you should first proofread when your copy is typeset or typed. Be sure to read every word! Then, after marking the errors and correcting them, read it again. You can go ahead and paste-up the corrected copy, then proofread it at least ONE MORE TIME!
The two-person approach to proofreading requires one person to read aloud the newly-composed text, while a second person follows along on the original manuscript. This is NOT a good method because the person reading along tends to mentally relax and errors often get missed. Also, if proofreader's marks have been used on the original, they are difficult to convey verbally.
Editing should be a learning experience. You should be able to explain why you made changes to copy without bruising egos. The same philosophy that applies to raising children can be used here, "Choose your battles." It will do more harm than good to criticize every little mistake a writer has made. Instead, point out the most significant problems and focus on those. Give suggestions, rather than demands, and praise their strong points. A little bit of kindness can go a long way.
Unless you are familiar with a particular topic, have personally done the research, or conducted the interview on a news article, you probably don't have all the information or facts to do a complete rewrite of another writer's work. (Besides, that's not your job!) Instead, suggest revisions.
One sure-fire way to get a writer to quit writing for your newsletter, is to completely rewrite an article without discussing it with them beforehand. They will feel extremely insulted and as though their work is of little value to you. Unless you know what the writer knows about the subject, you may have also inadvertently changed the entire point of the story. Not sure what to do? Except for correcting glaring errors, go ahead and leave the story alone.