What's the Difference Between Editing & Proofreading?What’s the difference between proofreading and editing? I get asked this question a lot and figured it’s about time to provide a simple explanation between the two. Below I have provided a side by side...
What’s the Difference Between Editing & Proofreading?
What’s the difference between proofreading and editing?
I get asked this question a lot and figured it’s about time to provide a simple explanation between the two. Below I have provided a side by side comparison with bullet points to highlight the main differences between the two services.
TL;DR – Editing can improve the quality of your writing, whereas proofreading perfects already good writing, and ensures that it’s error free.
Editing includes proofreading by default and is typically more time-consuming.
Proofreaders don’t suggest significant changes to the text; rather, they look for minor text and formatting errors and confirm the material is ready for publication. Copy editing and proofreading are separate tasks, although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably by people who don’t know the difference.
- Errors and inconsistencies removed
- Clearer expressions
- Word-choice enhanced
- Restructuring full paragraphs
- Making sure the tone is correct for your audience
- Improving the overall flow
- Quality of writing improved
- Maximum impact of writing achieved
- Spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes fixed
- Spruces up already good writing
- Consistent language and formatting
- Cheaper and less time-consuming than editing
- Ensures publication-ready writing
When to choose between proofreading and editing?
Typically, if you’re a non-Native English speaker, a book author, requiring academic publication, or a business that depends on professionalism and projecting competence, editing should be your first choice.
If you have confidence that your writing is already cohesive or you’re a business that needs 100% mistake-free documents, then proofreading may be your best bet.
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