Not every writer chooses to hire a professional proofreader for copy-editing. But I’m not just talking to novelists or journalists: I’m talking to website owners as well!
The content of your website has every reason to be as accurate as a published book or hard copy magazine – it’s the window to your world and it really matters. Reasons cited for not bothering to have work proofread are valid and varied:
“I can’t afford an editor.”
“True, I make a few mistakes, but not enough to need one.”
“That’s just my style, it’s the way I write.”
“I’m going for a casual, more talky style.”
“Nobody will notice – most people aren’t as picky as you.”
Probably the most common reason for hoping to do without an editor to copy-edit is