What is Editing?
What is Proofreading?
Editing and proofreading are closely connected terms that are often used interchangeably, but they mean slightly different things. Here’s the simple explanation.
Editing involves the review and revision of a piece. Editing may include major overhauls in content and sentence structure.
Proofreading involves the final, nitty-gritty review of a completed work.
In other words, proofreading is the final review before a piece is published, while editing is simply a step in the revision process.
Why Editing/Proofreading Help?
“But I can edit my own work.”
Think again. English is tricky, an elastic belt of changing rules and regulations that stretch and contract depending on the situation. And yet, it’s still one of the most powerful pieces of your business plan. A professional company must appear professional at all times, and that includes his written word. If a professional is really a professional, he will understand how to use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Of course, that’s especially difficult if you’re on a small team or drafting your own content. You know what it’s supposed to say, so you don’t question how you’ve said it. You may even overlook glaring mistakes.
That’s where an editor and/or proofreader helps the most. He will review the content and catch mistakes or inconsistencies that you CANNOT possibly catch, ensuring your content appears as professional and clear as possible.
Examples of Editing/Proofreading in Action:
- Blog posts
- Websites (especially sales pages/landing pages)
- Online courses
- Product descriptions
- Social media posts