Although it may not seem as such, proofreading and editing are two totally separate processes, and customers must know what each process is. Many may think that they are practically the same; however, this is far from the truth. Each one brings on different responsibilities that our clients need to be aware of in order to ensure that they pick the best process for their own project.
ProofreadingProofreading, although still being a crucial aspect of the revision process that will increase the overall sophistication of your document, is a procedure that is not as in-depth as its counterpart. Because of this, it is often offered at a cheaper price and can be completed more quickly due to the decreased amount of actions that must be performed to finish it.
This is a type of service that involves over-viewing the surface features of the text: punctuation errors, spelling mistakes, grammatical inaccuracies, or anything else, in general, that may be wrong with the writing. It is still vital to developing a professional final product because it ensures that simple issues do not exist within it that can be easily resolved.
Any basic language mistakes that made be prevalent will be fixed by a proofreader. While carrying out the procedure, the person in charge of doing the read will be checking for several aspects of the piece that could prove to be flawed. They will locate words that have been misspelled, add or remove punctuation — such as commas, periods, semicolons, etc. — in places that are appropriate, make sure that the correct form of homophones (i.e.: their, there, they’re), and correcting any spacing issues that may exist. Overall, a quality proofreader can enhance the value of the piece and allow the message to be clearly delivered while upholding the reputation and credibility of the original author.
EditingEditing, on the other hand, is much more hands on process and requires a proactive approach by the editor. Instead of simply correcting surface level mistakes, they have the important job of revising the actual structure of the piece and making suggestions to the writer in order to improve the overall quality of the text.
Editors are responsible for assisting in the development of idea expression and progression throughout the piece, changing it in a way that transforms the value of your piece. In general, it consists of performing different tasks that aid in the final flow of the text and making sure that it can be easily followed by your audience. Some of the specific jobs that an editor is tasked with include analyzing your tone of voice and ensuring that it matches up with your focus audience, preventing the use of passive language within the text, creating more concise sentence structure, and editing word choices that aren’t necessary to the development of the main idea.
With the help of an editor, the content and structure of your writing will be formatted in a way that will prove to be beneficial to you and your reader while increasing the text’s final value.