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Offline daveb Reading Bed by David Whitehouse
26 May 2012, 10:58 AM | Post: #21

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RE: Dumb Question

(24 May 2012 01:56 PM)daveb Wrote:  Common or garden reader here with a layman's question ........

No one? It was a serious question chums. Let me give an example ......

A Music Librarian, you would think, is someone that manages a library of scores, music books etc checking them in/out etc perhaps at a music college or whatever.

However it is in fact much wider that that.

A Music Librarian is a highly paid professional involved with the conductor (and director in opera) in selecting performance pieces, editing them, helping with the arrangements and writing the background notes. They source sometimes rare scores, handle the legal side of using them. They are part librarian, part music historian, part composer & arranger and an equal contributor to creating a musical performance.

I was wondering if a Proofreader had a similar wide scoping role e.g. do you engage with your Proofreader early in the writing phase seeking their input in literary/technique/style/structure/plot terms, stage by stage, as you progress with your book ......... or is it a simple 'check for spelling & grammar' service that you buy in at the end? Not that I'm devaluing that role at all.

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Offline lyndawrites Reading The Twopenny-Hat Detective by Brian Sellars
26 May 2012, 02:47 PM | Post: #22

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RE: Dumb Question

(26 May 2012 10:58 AM)daveb Wrote:  
(24 May 2012 01:56 PM)daveb Wrote:  Common or garden reader here with a layman's question ........

No one? It was a serious question chums. Let me give an example ......

A Music Librarian, you would think, is someone that manages a library of scores, music books etc checking them in/out etc perhaps at a music college or whatever.

However it is in fact much wider that that.

A Music Librarian is a highly paid professional involved with the conductor (and director in opera) in selecting performance pieces, editing them, helping with the arrangements and writing the background notes. They source sometimes rare scores, handle the legal side of using them. They are part librarian, part music historian, part composer & arranger and an equal contributor to creating a musical performance.

I was wondering if a Proofreader had a similar wide scoping role e.g. do you engage with your Proofreader early in the writing phase seeking their input in literary/technique/style/structure/plot terms, stage by stage, as you progress with your book ......... or is it a simple 'check for spelling & grammar' service that you buy in at the end? Not that I'm devaluing that role at all.

Dave B

Hi, Dave

As I understand it, a proofreader's job is mainly the latter of the 2 options - the former is the editor's job.

You send your MS to the editor to check on style, voice, plot, and so on and then emend your story (or not, you aren't obliged to accept their suggestions) until you are both satisfied. The editor may also check spelling, grammar and typos, but once you are happy with it is always advisible to have a proofreader check it. More mistakes may have entered when you update work in light of the editing and another, different, pair of eyes is always useful before it is published, though some people use the same person to edit and proofread.

I hope this helps. Do shout up if it's not clear or you have more questions. Hopefully, it won't take so long for someone to get back to you next time. Smile
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Offline daveb Reading Bed by David Whitehouse
28 May 2012, 07:45 AM | Post: #23

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Hi Linda,

Thanks for your explanation. Much appreciated Smile

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RE: Proofer Required....!!!!

This post was last modified: 28 May 2012 09:11 AM by Rosen Trevithick.
Proofreading itself is checking for mistakes at sentence level. However, most proofreaders are editors too and you can hire them to look at structure, continuity errors etc if that's what you want. The two that I recommended, Olivia Wood and Peter Van Der Merwe, are editors as well as proofreaders and you can commission them to do either. I've found that even when I hire them to proofread, they tend to do a little editing too, but that's an unexpected bonus and proofreaders certainly don't have to do that.
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