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What is the Difference Between Proofreading & Copyediting?

Determining which editorial service you need isn't always easy. I'm sharing what makes two of the last steps in the editing process very different.

What is Copyediting?

Copyediting elevates your writing. It is one of the last steps before publishing. This level of editing is more technical than proofreading but still includes checking spelling, punctuation, and consistency. Copyediting is where the polishing and grooming takes place with more focus and attention on style and grammar. Copyediting also involves research to validate facts and information.

Going above traditional copyediting: In editing we have a term we use to bring attention to something: flagging. While copyediting does not involve rewriting sentences and structure, I often flag content that needs attention as a courtesy to authors to alert them to have a second look. I also do this with word choices that are maybe being used not as intended.

What is Proofreading?

Proofreading checks the final draft. It is the last type of editing to be performed and the last step before publishing. This level of editing is a strategic surface check for errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar to maintain the preferences of the writer and preserve their voice. While this level of editorial support is more than just looking over the writing and involves technical elements such as developing or adhering to a style guide, it also involves ensuring that all of the higher level edits completed with copyediting have been corrected consistently throughout the manuscript. At this level of editing the writing is not manipulated. I never change the message of the author and preserve the writer's voice at all times.

You don't have to determine which one you need on your own. During our Discovery Call I will help you determine the best level of service for your needs.

Are you ready to complete the last steps to publish your book? Schedule a call with me and let's chat.



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