I'm taking a break from editing to write this post about editing . . . There are a few different ways I edit, but this is what I do at the very, very end.
If you have a kindle there's an option called send-to-kindle. You can right click on a document on your computer and swoosh off it goes to your e-reader. One thing I've noticed about myself, is I always edit better in a different font. When you spend a lot of time reading the same words over and over and over, your eyes begin to glaze a bit. By putting your ms in a different format, mistakes stick out.
My ms has gone to various cps, back to me, then to my editor and back to me again. And yet ALL of us missed this.
She nodded, and we sat. I chomped into the apple. It tasted nice and crisp. "What's your story? Why would steal? You can get killed for that."
Do you see it? Because somehow after endless hours of editing, everyone missed 'you'. It's one of those instances where your mind naturally fills in the missing word. I'm sure the proofreader would have caught it, but I noticed it when reading my ms on my kindle.
I've noticed other things too, like an extra space here, a missing period there, two paragraphs in a row that start with the same word, ect. Sometimes those things are harder to catch on a computer screen.
If you've never tried reading your ms on an e-reader or even your cellphone, try it. I'd love to know what you catch!