Proofread or Copy-edit?
Proofreading is usually suited to documents which have already been edited to some degree and only need a final check through for any errors or inconsistencies. It does not involve any major editing or making significant changes to the text.
A proofread may involve some or all of the following:
- Checking spelling, punctuation and grammar, and correcting typos
- Checking page numbers, table of contents, headings, footnotes, etc
- Checking captions, figures and tables
- Checking formatting and layout
- Ensuring consistency in spellings and style
Copy-editing involves more than just checking for errors; a copy-edit will also address the style, content and overall structure of the text, and may involve making changes to improve the clarity of the writing.
A copy-edit may involve some or all of the following:
- Correcting errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar
- Ensuring text is suitable for the intended audience
- Ensuring consistency in spellings, style and formatting
- Implementing house style, if required
- Improving the clarity of the text (e.g., by rephrasing, rearranging words and sentences, suggesting alternative words, or removing extraneous words or phrases)
- Ensuring the structure of the work is logical and complete
- Organising and checking figures, tables and captions, as well as page numbers, table of contents, headings, references, cross-references and footnotes, etc
I offer various levels of editing, from a light edit to more substantial rewriting, depending on your requirements.
For websites, I also ensure that content is optimised for SEO and is web-friendly, and that all links work and direct to the correct pages.
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If you are not sure whether you need your work proofread or copy-edited, or what level of editing you would like, please feel free to get in touch to discuss your project and requirements, or see my services page for more information.