Being asked to proofread someone else’s novel is a scary and flattering task. #writetip I’ve been asked to do this, and I started thinking about what this means.
I asked the author and myself the following questions:
What is the author looking for? Does he want comments on punctuation and grammar, characters, or plot line.
Does he use a style guide that I should consult?
What are my own talents? Being honest here is important. Can you pick up typos? Or does your eye easily breeze over them?
Do I have the time? It’s a big commitment to review a manuscript. It deserves my full attention. The author has spent many hours creating the manuscript, and it’s better to say no to reading than to rush through it.
With that said, I’d better get focussed and start reading.