Re: Editing, Smediting

Subject: Re: Editing, Smediting
From: "Robin M. Allen" <robin -dot- m -dot- allen -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 14:06:49 -0500

Michael Hassett wrote:
>
> A trick my dad taught me when I was 12 and he was working as a
> proofreader for a publishing company--
>
> If you really want to catch surface problems (punctuation, spelling,
> citation style, etc.) read the document backwards. Start with the
> last sentence, then move to the next to the last sentence, then to
> the third-to-last sentence, and so on. (For spelling, sometimes it is
> useful to read one word at a time, starting with the last word of the
> document.)

I have used this proofing skill for years and it works amazingly well.
It is tedious, but well worth it.

:Robin Allen
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