Is proofreading the same as editing?
What's the difference between a copy edit and a developmental edit?
Isn't it all the same thing, really?
I've got some of your FAQs covered with a brief guide to the editing services I offer.
Proofreading only focuses on your spelling, grammar, punctuation, typos, and consistency. Essentially, a proofread is spell check on steroids. Proofreading doesn't include checking for a document's readability or structure. Whatever you have written should be professionally proofread. This stage usually occurs just before publication, to ensure optimal market readiness.
Copy editing checks for grammar, the arrangement of your words and sentences (known as syntax in lingua jargon), punctuation, flow of text, word usage, etc. It ranges from light to heavy, based on necessity. A copy edit looks at paragraphs and sentences and correcting your spelling and grammar. While individual paragraphs may be restructured and reworked to improve the readability, a copy edit won’t look at the structure of the entire document.
This is the 'big picture' edit that looks at content/structure/developing ideas and purpose as well as the overall content of your writing and the changes you can make to improve it. You'll get feedback so you can make the changes. Then, the editor will hone in on the content and makes changes and comments about any rambling, sections that need to be omitted and overall coherence, by refining anything that isn't in sync with the overall flow of the text. This part involes a lot of rewriting.
Congratulations! You’ve typed the final world of that manuscript. You're broken, battered, bruised, and ready to hand your baby over to your editor who will clean it up, fix all your mistakes, and turn it into the bestselling masterpiece it was intended to be. Because that’s their job, right? Sorry, wrong!
For the love of Nobel and all his prizes, before you press that submit button, read our blog post entitled: 'Sorry, no. The Two Main Reasons an Editor Might Decline Your Work.'
You'll save yourself a lot of time and money.