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So you’ve followed our lead, done your research, made notes on our tips and tricks, and written a well-crafted article for your newsletter. DON’T HIT SEND JUST YET. There’s one more critical step. Neglecting this step is a surefire way to lose readers — and your reputation.

Proofread. Then proofread again. Then ask someone else to proofread. And maybe someone else, just to be on the safe side.

Why so cautious? Nothing screams amateur like an article rife with typos, grammar gaffes, and inconsistencies. And don’t fall for fallacies such as, But my audience doesn’t care about that kind of thing; they just care if my company does our job right.
Actually, you’d be surprised. Your newsletter represents your organization. If you produce error-filled articles, readers may (and often do) wonder about your attention to detail in other areas of your business. How careful are you in your operations? Is your billing system accurate?
Don’t risk your company’s image by skipping over careful proofreading.
Proofreading actually involves a few steps:
  • Read over the article for obvious typos, missing punctuation, and formatting inconsistencies (e.g., spacing). Spell check, by the way, only checks for incorrectly spelled words; it does not catch correctly spelled words that are used incorrectly, like “steak” when you meant “stake.”
And here’s one last tip: either create a company style guide or follow one, like AP or MLA style. That way, you’ll have one reference source when questions arise.
You’ve spent a lot of time and effort on your article, so make sure it’s as polished as it can be by proofreading carefully. Your company’s image is on the line.
(Source: Susan White, Program Coordinator, UGA SBDC at Georgia State University)