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I thought the obvious answer was this: Have someone else proof your work. No matter how many times I go over my story, a reader will still find stuff I've missed. They'll also find sentences that I read as perfectly sensible, but that they can't parse.
A mark consisting of the letters sp enclosed in an oval is commonly used by teachers (and some professors) in the United States to call a misspelling to the student's attention. But as you note, the standard meaning of that mark under U.S. proofreading conventions is "spell out", and it appears in the margin of the same line where the proofreader or copy ...
I'm not sure there are many (any?) professional editors or proofreaders still working on paper copy. Every publisher I've worked with has expected a digital file from me, and the edits have been done digitally. That said, the principle is the same - if a word is mis-spelled, the editor just changes it. That would be with "track changes" on, so I can see ...
There isn't a mark that means "misspelling" by itself in "standard" proofreading marking. "sp" with a circle is short for to "spell out", which, like you said, means to expand an abbreviation. Misspellings should be struck out with the deletion mark and the correct spelling should be written above it. Or if it's just a small error, like a single missing ...
The best proofreader I ever worked with always read everything twice -- once forward and once backwards. The first reading caught punctuation mistakes as well as obvious errors; the backwards reading made every spelling error or unplanned repetition stand out very clearly.
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