In this Creative Brief, I talk about proofreaders’ marks—what they are and how to decode them if and when you get them.
Proofreaders’ marks are symbols and notations used for conveying edits in print. If you get them from a client and don’t know what they are, they will appear to be a bunch of squiggly lines, circled letters or caret symbols. Don’t worry. They aren’t hieroglyphics!
Some clients use them but they are mostly utilized by editors or proofreaders, hence the name. They place the marks in the margins to provide instruction and then they mark in the text where to apply the change. These marks are not hard to learn.
Get the free guide to be able to decode them so you’re prepared if when you get these edits.