Why there is no such thing as a quick proofread

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Do people ever try to persuade you to take on a task by telling you that this job will only take five minutes? How often is that true? I reckon that a “five minute” job will take at least half an hour. If they say it will only take half an hour, it is likely to be a horrible job.

The same optimistic attitude is taken by people who ask for a “quick” proofread. What they usually mean is that they are pretty sure there are no mistakes, so you don’t need to look very closely.

Unfortunately, if you don’t look closely, things will get missed. And that is just one point against the idea of a quick proofread.

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About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader. I work with a wide range of clients, from companies to self publishing authors. I can help you to communicate clearly in print or on line by providing a fresh pair of eyes, carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas to improve the flow of your message.
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4 Responses to Why there is no such thing as a quick proofread

  1. Laura says:

    And it’s so easy to miss repeated words. And it’s so easy to miss repeated words.

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