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No proofreader is always 100% accurate. Many publishing houses use multiple proofreaders on the same job to ensure accuracy.

Proofreading is always performed on several levels.The measure of the quality of proofreading is in the percentage of errors missed and in the overall quality of the types of errors found within a given deadline.

In terms of quality and timeliness, I recommend to all of my clients that they ask themselves the following question:

"Do you want it RIGHT or do you want it RIGHT NOW?"

Strong proofreaders always work to strike a balance between the need for high quality and the need to provide the finished product within an established deadline. While proofreading the same material over and over would yield the highest quality possible, in the real world projects must be completed within a given amount of time, or nothing would ever appear in print — so an appropriate compromise between quality and timeliness must ALWAYS be struck.

Quality proofreading requires intense, continuous concentration for long periods of time (it is very hard work). As a rule, a proofreader should not proof for more than six hours in one day; after that, quality tends to suffer.


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Rate: $35/hour

Rush Rate: $45/hour

Christopher Merrill, Legal Proofreader
Christopher Merrill
3600 North Lake Shore Drive
No. 523
Chicago IL 60613

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