Why do I need a proofreader?

Proofreading is the final quality check, with the aim of highlighting any remaining errors before publication. It is difficult to proofread your own work: you read what should be there rather than what is there on the page. A fresh pair of eyes is needed. I can find errors and inconsistencies that you may not see, especially if you have already been working on the text. The reader will be confused or distracted by errors and inconsistencies, so it is important that written components are accurate and consistent to be as professional and reader-friendly as possible.

Spelling and grammar checkers will not spot all errors or inconsistencies. Here are some examples from projects I have proofread:

  • A word is spelled correctly but used incorrectly: form/from, of/on, stating/starting, lost/lots.
  • The text swaps from the present to the past or future tense.
  • Token on page 1 is then referred to as a marker on page 3: are they the same thing or different items?
  • Inconsistencies with use of spelling, numbers, etc.: three/3, Set-up/Setup.
  • A game has 5 phases but the rules then mention step 1: should this be phase 1 or is a step something different?
  • A command is later referred to as an action.
  • An icon becomes a symbol later in the rules.
  • The year 1947 is stated in the rules but the card says 1945.