INTRODUCTION TO GABRIEL STEINFELD

BY NAOMI ROSE, BOOK DEVELOPER

Gabriel Steinfeld is one of the best proofreaders I know.

You might think that — what with computerized spell checkers and all — you can just skip proofreading, once your manuscript or other written work is ready for publication. 

But this would be a huge mistake. A good proofreader catches all the errors, inconsistencies, and glitches that — if not recognized and corrected — can cause you embarrassment, to say the least.

And not only for you. A reader who has to encounter typos, wrong words, misspellings, grammatical mistakes, paragraphs left out (etc.) is not being treated with full respect. This is not only frustrating, but it also interferes with the seamless reading experience. (And for those readers who no longer know the difference — well, why not let your book do double duty as a literacy booster? We pick these things up by exposure, after all.)

So if you have written something that you care about and want your readers to take seriously, engaging a proofreader is essential.

“Fortunately, I have one of the very best on tap: Gabriel Steinfeld. He catches every error, actual and potential. He knows what to look up to find out what he needs to know to make your manuscript utterly error-free and without blemish. When your manuscript is ready for proofreading, he’s the one to get touch with (or, with whom to get in touch). — Naomi Rose

“Gabriel Steinfeld's attention to detail is extraordinary. I highly recommend him as a proofreader for any manuscript destined for publication." — Colette Gauthier Myles, Head Librarian (ret.), University of California, Berkeley 



ABOUT PROOFREADING — BY GABRIEL STEINFELD

Proofreading Isn’t a Luxury: It’s Crucial to Your Writing’s Success

Whether you have written a paper, a report, a webpage, an article, or a book, having a good proofreader can make the difference between being taken seriously and being immediately dismissed.

Text that's full of spelling mistakes, typos, wrong words, and so on can make a poor impression on your readers and interfere with what you want to communicate.

The omission of even one necessary comma can make a big difference in the meaning of a text. For example:

"Let's eat, Grandma," vs. "Let's eat Grandma."

Who Suffers from the Absence of Good Proofreading?

In a shorter written work, errors not caught by a good proofreader really stand out — whoops! And in a longer written work such as a book, there are more opportunities for errors due to the sheer number of words. You might think that ensuring that such errors are caught before publication is purely a professional concern — you want to look good in print. But from the reader's point of view, it can be disruptive, not to mention disconcerting, to be engaged in the experience of reading . . . and then suddenly a typo or wrong word or something else out of place appears, interrupting the flow of the reader's experience.  

Such easy-to-miss errors can cause those reading what you've written to question:

Such easy-to-miss errors can cause those reading what you've written to question:

  • Whether you really know as much as you imply you do;

  • Whether you are capable of communicating clearly;

  • Whether you are professional enough to be trusted.

As a proofreader, I can spot overlooked errors. A typo — a misspelled word — inaccurate punctuation or grammar — even a repeated or missing line.

You've put effort into your writing. Why sabotage the results?

Spell Checker = A False Sense of Security

You may think that running a spell checker is all you need to do. But a human proofreader can catch mistakes that a spell checker never can.

Proofreaders' marks (Chicago Manual).jpg

Think about it:

If you spell a real word correctly — but in the context of your writing, it's not the right word — a spell checker won't flag it, because it can't tell the difference.

Would you accept this company's offer after seeing this sentence (as quoted in a mortgage company's ad)?

"We've done are homework."

(Obviously, they hadn't!)

Let me deal with the blemishes that can crop up in even the best writing, so that you can focus on the content. I am a professionally trained, detail-oriented proofreader who will remove all your errors and make your writing shine.

“Picking up your first copy of a book you wrote, if there’s one typo, it will be on the page that your new book falls open to the first time you pick it up.” — Neil Gaiman

Who Can Benefit from My Proofreading Expertise

Whether you're a writer, publisher, entrepreneur, company intrapreneur, student, small business owner, blogger, restaurateur, or _____ (fill in the blank, it's probably you), I can help.

My range of experience includes but isn't limited to: books (print and electronic), journalistic and academic articles, memoirs, oral histories, manuals, websites, and newsletters.

Anyone who has written something for public view, who wants to make a good impression will benefit from having me proofread their work. Here's a short list of possibilities:

  • Writers seeking to have a book published traditionally or need to have a letter-perfect manuscript to gain a good reputation with their readers (including publishing-house editors).

  • Writers seeking to have a book published via traditional publishing need to send query letters to literary agents or publishers that are letter-perfect.

  • Writers planning to self-publish need their books to be free of errors so they will not look self-published, but professional.

  • Writers of articles, especially for online, need to send out error-free writing.

  • Publishers of magazines, journals, newspapers, books -- both in print and online — need proofreading for accuracy and also credibility.

  • Experts who offer downloadable pdfs need them to be error-free.

  • Entrepreneurs writing copy or any kind of promotional literature (in print or online) need to put forth error-free writing that brings home the value of their service or product to the customer.

  • Intrapreneurs within companies who have to write reports, proposals, even memos, need their presentations to be error-free.

  • Students who have put effort into their theses or papers need the confidence that their grades won't be affected, even subliminally, by typos and inaccurate grammar and punctuation.

  • Anyone putting up a website needs proofreading so that their viewers aren't put off by typos.

  • Bloggers who want to make a good impression on their readers — either just because they care about it, or because they want to sell something (a product, service, idea) -- benefit from posting error-free writing.

  • Restaurants need their menus proofread so that errors don't undercut their daily offerings.

  • Other retail business signage and copy need proofreading to deliver a credible message to their customers.

  • _________. (If you haven't already found yourself on this list, fill in the blank. You belong here.)

So whatever you've written, engage me to proofread your work. I'll make you and your work look good.


About Gabriel Steinfeld

I am a proofreader not only by training but also by temperament and inclination. I like to find things that are inaccurate or out of place in a piece of writing, because then I have the satisfaction of making them right.

In fact, I'm the kind of person who notices typos, wrong punctuation, and so on when I'm reading just about anything: books, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs — even signs! I've read the Chicago Manual of Style (the editors' and proofreaders' "bible") out of curiosity, on my own. I don't assume that everything is already accurate. I check.

I have an eye for detail and an instinct for when words are misspelled. I enjoy reading slowly and meticulously. And I understand all those pesky rules of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Gabriel Steinfeld, proofreading

Gabriel Steinfeld, proofreading

I have experience in a range of areas, including books (print and electronic), journalistic and academic articles, memoirs, oral histories, manuals, websites, and newsletters.

I am a proofreader with more than seven years’ experience in a wide range of areas. Very detail-oriented — I read every line, looking for misspellings, missing or repeated words, wrong words, wrong or missing punctuation, etc.

I have extensive knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation (have often spotted and corrected periods inside the parenthesis that should have been outside, quotation marks facing the wrong way, etc.).

I am thorough. To give just one example, I looked up the six-syllable name of a medication in a manuscript, and found that it was misspelled.

I am a graduate of Editcetera's courses on "The ABCs of Proofreading," and "The ABCs of Copyediting."  

So whatever you've written, engage me to proofread your work. I'll make you and your work look good.


Client Reviews


"Gabriel's attention to detail is extraordinary.

“He unfailingly caught typos, repetitions and misspelling, and paid particular attention to punctuation. Without doubt, he has a deep knowledge of spelling and grammar, and is familiar with all the intricate rules of punctuation. I highly recommend him as a proofreader for any manuscript destined for publication."

Colette Gauthier Myles, librarian, the University of California, Berkeley

"Gabriel is a fabulous proofreader!

“Very thoughtful comments and good catches."

— Margaret Copeland, Terragrafix / book designer and typesetter


 

"Gabriel is a very painstaking proofreader.

"He is very attentive to detail and very conscientious. He did a wonderful job for me and my client, and I highly recommend him."

— Ralph Dranow, editor and ghostwriter

"Gabriel Steinfeld is a wonderful proofreader.

“Nothing escaped his attention, and my book is far better because of it. I'd recommend Gabriel to anyone who is concerned about the professional look of their writing."

Naomi Rose, book developer. Author, Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You


Proofreading at its best.

No less than your writing deserves. 

Contact Gabriel to ensure professionalism and perfection.

Gabriel Steinfeld: gstein (at) sonic.net