What happens in a text review?
The purpose of this post is to define what the true role of a textual reviewer is. We prepare this text very carefully, but we are always available to clarify any other doubts that may exist in this regard.
What are the assignments of a proofreader?
It is not the role of a proofreader to create or rewrite documents (books, articles, academic texts, etc.). Their function is to make them more intelligible and accessible to the end consumer. During this process, the reviewer has two instances: in the first he is free and in the second he is subordinated to the author.
In other words, the reviser is free to correct grammatical and orthographic errors (primary correction), but in order to eliminate the philosophical or communication problems (secondary correction) he must first establish a dialogue with the author of the work ( in the form of comments).
A good proofreader does not take over any work that is submitted to it. No aggressive modification should be made, before the author complies with your suggestion.
The reviewer should never try to “improve” any important part of a text based solely on its own conception. However, its role is fundamental because it serves as a bridge between the author and the final reader. We often say that while the good reviewer has a “lovingly dispassionate” look, the author tends to see his work as visceral, so that any change can cause him discomfort. So when you review a work, it anticipates and eliminates possible problems that would otherwise be the subject of criticism.
Does not the reviewer distort my style?
Perhaps it would be very unpleasant if a politician, on his inauguration, submitted the text of his speech to a reviewer who disregarded his style. This would probably have a very negative impact on both the politician and his listeners, who would naturally be surprised by the speech of his representative, who at the time did not express himself in his own way.
So the good reviewer uses his creativity to keep the writer’s style as original as possible. Each work is a speech. Therefore, every speech must incorporate the original style of its author.
The two types of writers…
We find it necessary to write this article because, as reviewers, we sometimes come across two very distinct situations, both with each other and what we should expect from a proofreader.
These are the two types of writers’ misconceptions when they want to hire the service for the first time:
- the author is quite “jealous” in relation to his work and, therefore, is insecure in the face of the possibility of it being distorted. For our part, stay calm. We are a team of professional reviewers. Our mission is to examine your work and to free it of the possible obstacles that can harm it – always with due care not to attack the essence of your text.
- the author was not satisfied with what he wrote and then he wants the reviewer to make it more interesting. As reviewers, what we can do is check the completeness of your text and correct the problems of intelligibility. If your goal is to complete your text or rewrite it in order to make it more interesting, you actually need a copywriter or a ghostwriter.
We hope, with this text, to have been able to elucidate what the real assignments of a proofreader are.