Tips and Techniques for More Effective Proofreading
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Presenter: Ally Broadfield
Course Description: Editing is one of the most difficult tasks a writer faces and even seasoned authors often have difficultly detecting errors in their own work. When writers proofread their own work, it’s not unusual for them to overlook errors because their mind knows how the text should read and automatically corrects it. Whether you’re polishing your manuscript for a contest, preparing to submit to an agent or editor, or planning to self-publish, knowing how to effectively proofread your work is an essential skill. This is not a grammar class, but rather focuses on what you need to know to identify errors with capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, verb tense, dialogue, homonyms, and plural and possessive forms. At the end of class, you will have a customized proofreading checklist. A list of grammar resources will also be provided.
Instructor Bio: Ally Broadfield lives in Texas with her husband, three children, four rescue dogs, two rescue cats, a rabbit, and an assortment of reptiles. She’s a former school librarian and loves teaching. Following the release of her first book, Ally became a PAN member of RWA. She has several Regency historical romances published with Entangled Publishing and also has a few self-published novellas. As Ally Mathews, she writes young adult romance and middle grade fantasy. Her first middle grade story released with Leap Books in November 2016, and she has a young adult contemporary romance releasing from Entangled Teen in the fall of 2017. You can find Ally on Facebook and Twitter, and also at her website, AllyBroadfield.com.