I remember the first time I had to proofread something. It was my third day on the job at my very first internship — a small marketing agency in central New Jersey. My boss called me over and handed me a 36-page newsletter that needed to be proofed quickly. We had to send it back to the client ASAP.
I was decent at writing and editing, but I didn’t want to disappoint my boss and our clients by letting mistakes slip through the cracks … if only I could have someone proofread my proofreading to make sure I wasn’t screwing up. But I don’t know a business that has time for processes like that. So I just tried to be extra cautious (even though that still didn’t ensure everything was perfect).
Thinking back, I would have loved to have a proofreading checklist. Since I know I’m not the only wannabe perfectionist out there, I decided to create the post below to help anyone in a similar scenario.