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Great suggestions. I've had too many submitters who blow off proofreading or think they've already taken care of that, and they're wrong. I would actually think about getting someone else to read it, even if you have to pay.
I love the "match the edges" term.
I'm obsessive about proofing my manuscripts before I submit. I'm sure I still miss things here and there, but it was really nice to have my editor tell me I submitted a really nice, polished manuscript.
The tips in that article are wonderful and I'll be printing it out for future reference for sure.
Ooh, this is great stuff. I hope someday soon I'll be in a position to be following these recs. Thank you!
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