First things first: what’s the difference between copy editing and proofreading?


Copy editing is taking the copy – which can be anything from a novel, website, magazine article, blog post, leaflet, textbook or menu to less obvious things like subtitles in video games and t-shirts – and checking that all the text is correct in terms of spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting and terminology. Copy editors also make sure that any factual data is correct, and that what the author has written is clear and easy to understand. However, what copy editors don’t do is address major plot issues, sort out the pacing or pick up faults in characterisation – that’s an editor’s job.

Proofreading is very similar to copy editing, but it goes a step further. Once all the copy has been edited, proof reading is the final check through before the copy gets sent to print. Proofreading aims to catch the final few typos and small mistakes that may have been missed the first time around.

If you’ve written a manuscript, article, advertisement or blog post and you want to make sure that all the content is correct, I can provide you with a copy editing and/or proof reading service (depending on which is appropriate).

Simply get in touch and let me know whether you’d like your project to be copy edited or proofread (or both!) and I’ll give you a personalised quote. If you’re not sure what you need, no worries, simply drop me a line and I’ll be more than happy to discuss your requirements with you.