Last week, I put the finishing touches on a middle grade novel and sent it off to my agent. It had undergone one major revision and any number of minor ones. Once I fixed various problems with setting, logic, characterization, and plotting, it was time for the line edit. I don’t want my agent or any other earlier reader to be distracted by spelling and punctuation errors. Unless I’m pressed for time to get something to one of my critique groups with a set submission date, I read every word out loud. The ears, lips and tongue can keep the eyes from skimming over the all too familiar words. I do this for ALL of my fiction and nonfiction.