WORDSHARP
proofreading list

What we fix when we proofread and edit


GRAMMAR, SPELLING, and PUNCTUATION


jargon
countable quantifier
clichés
misplaced modifiers
colon use
incorrect preposition
verb tense
missing punctuation
noun string
misuse of quantifier
misspelling
capitalization issues
possessives
infinitives without "to"
punctuation
modal verb use errors
use of article
gerund / infinitive use
comma splice
misplaced punctuation
verb form use
uncountable quantifier
passive issues
incomplete comparison
number issues
misuse of "like" and "as"
semicolon use
subject-verb agreement
shifting tenses
unbalanced punctuation
colloquialisms
bullet point punctuation
misused words
comma after interrupter
countable noun
redundant pair of words
run-on sentence
misuse of "much"
parallel structure
pronoun case agreement
double negatives
adjective and adverb use
sequence of tense
vague pronoun reference
faulty parallelism
comma before interrupter
uncountable noun
use of "other" and "another"
limiting modifiers
comma-introductory clause
use of subjunctive
misused subordinate clause
duplicate pronoun
end-of-sentence preposition
dangling modifier
end-of-sentence punctuation
sentence fragment
misuse of "these" and "those"
active voice issues
unnecessary infinitive clause
sequence of words
comma-essential information
squinting modifier
pronoun-antecedent agreement
hyphenation issues
absolute adjectives comparison
typographical error
comma-nonessential information
comma-coordinating conjunction



OTHER PROOFREADING

Hyphenation/Dashes
hyphenation of phrase
en dash versus space
en dash versus hyphen
compound words
hyphenation of words

Spelling Consistency
phrases to avoid or consider
preferred spelling
numbers in sentences
common typos
accents
spelling variations
contractions

Abbreviations
used before definition
used only once
defined in two ways
defined twice
without definitions
in two forms
not used

Bullets/Lists
Bullet punctuation
list capitals
list punctuation
bullet capitals

Tables, Boxes, and Figures
missing table, box, figure,or title
capitals in tables
order of tables, boxes, figures, and titles
punctuation in tables
consistency of tables, boxes, figures, titles

Capitalization
headings in capitals
phrases in capitals

Miscellaneous
parentheses & quotes left open
Oxford comma
comments left in the text
style points
superscript/subscript
italics


EDITING

flow
lexical register
clarity
anthropomorphic language
colloquialisms
levels of diction
theme
proper word choice
rhythm
phrasing ambiguities
structure
rhetorical consistency
transitions
audience appropriateness
organization

EDITING NOVELS (For novels, we do all of the editing in the column at the left and the following.)
strengthen your characters
redraft dialogue
set the pace and tone
nullify plot issues
suggest necessary topic development and logic revisions
revise and improve sentence construction, precision, and organization
eliminate redundancies, inconsistencies, wordiness, and other issues with your prose
remove all other flaws keeping your novel from reaching its potential
construct your table of contents and all ‘front matter’ pages at no charge

At no charge, we also evaluate your book’s content. In the margins, we make evaluative comments and we explain corrections and suggestions covering the following questions.


What can be done to improve your work’s marketability?
Is the plot original and compelling?
Does it have any major organization or structural problems?
Have you missed any key ingredients or not developed any scenes or topics sufficiently?
Are the characters original and fully developed?
Is the dialogue genuine?
Is there too much description and exposition or interior monologue with too little action and/or dialogue?
Are there any clichés or stereotypes that weaken your writing?
Is there enough believability, suspense, action, conflict, and tension?
Is your book too short or too long, and, if so, why? Should it be part of a series?
Is there anything else that you, as the author, can do to improve it?