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Why You Shouldn't Feel Embarrassed About Using a Proofreader: A Friendly Perspective

As a proofer even clients who have been with me for years sometimes submit work and quickly apologise. I am always astonished as finding and correcting mistakes is what I do If it was perfect first time they wouldn't need me at all. Perhaps it comes from school and the dreaded red pen highlighting all the mistakes made. However proofing isn't marking (trust me as an English Teacher I know the difference), it isn't about coming to a judgement, it is about improving and polishing text. I understand that it can be intimidating to submit your work for someone else to scrutinise. It can feel like you're admitting to being less than perfect or like your writing is being judged in a negative light. But let me reassure you: seeking help from a proof-reader is not something to be embarrassed about. In fact, it's a smart and responsible decision to make.

Let's acknowledge the fact that everyone makes mistakes. Even the best writers and editors can miss things in their own work. It's just the nature of the process - when you've been staring at the same words for hours on end, it's easy to miss a typo or a grammatical error. That's where a fresh pair of eyes comes in.

I am a writer, published author, proof-reader and English teacher - believe me I make mistakes. My published book I had checked and checked, Lucy took one look and spotted six errors! Six! Trust me, no one's work is perfect, no one's.

Using a proof-reader shows that you're committed to producing the best possible work. Whatever the purpose of your writing you want to make sure that your writing is clear, concise and error-free. By working with a proof-reader, you're taking an extra step to ensure that your writing meets these high standards. Showing not only respect for the work you have produced but also for the readers of it.

I understand that you might worry that a proof-reader will judge you for making mistakes in your writing: I can assure you that this is not the case. As a proof-reader, my job is not to criticise your work, but to help you improve it. I'm here to offer guidance and support, not to make you feel bad about your writing skills. In fact, I love working with people who are passionate about their writing and who want to produce the best possible work.

So if you're feeling hesitant about using a proof-reader, I encourage you to let go of any embarrassment or self-doubt. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. By working with me, you can be confident that your writing will be the best it can be. Whether you're a professional creating documents and reports, an author wanting to share their talent with the world or just someone who wants to improve their writing skills, I'm here to help.

If you're interested in learning more about my proofreading services, please click here. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have and to provide you with a quote for your project.

I look forward to helping you produce writing that you can be proud of.

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