A discussion over lunch the other day made me wonder how you do it – the proofreading part of your job, or your writing, or whatever it is that you proofread.
I proofed for an engineer during college, after learning how to proofread backwards for my high-school literary mag (thank you, Mrs. K!). I still proof backwards (which is an acquired taste, admittedly), as well as reading aloud. For my first full-time job, I was as a night proofreader for a government services firm outside of D.C. The bulk of my job there was to keep the ‘l’ in the word ‘public’ (truly. That’s what we were told in training. It’s important, when you think about it.). I’ve learned a number of style manuals over the years, and still favor Chicago Manual style, if I have a choice.
For all of that, just as I was about to send out Moon to one of my readers, I discovered an egregious typo on page 2. Yep. So proud.
What about you?