Editing and proofreading your content
Do you know the difference between editing, copy editing and proof reading?
Proof reading is looking at the text the way it is and simply marking down typos, spelling and grammatical errors. For example, the use of where, wear or we’re; comma placement, computer typos or auto correct changes to generally make your copy error free.
It is often very hard to read your own work because you know what comes next. Your eye tends to skip over a lot of the words because your brain remembers the sequence you have written them. EC Writing Services uses an external proof reader at the end of the writing process for all of our content.
COPY EDITING (AKA subbing)
Then there is a step up from proof reading. It’s called copy editing. A copy editor looks at the text as a whole not only for grammatical and spelling errors, but also for style consistencies. It’s also called sub-editing (in the world of media). It is about the font consistency, names of places or regular words are the same throughout the whole document or your dot points are all the same. They are also fact checkers.
It’s more involved and can take more time, but a professional copy editor will have a trained eye to do all of these things at once.
This is the whole she-bang! This is to proof read and copy edit as well as look for anything that will improve the text in its entirety. This means sentence structure, flow, rewriting and deleting of unnecessary information or details to make the text the best it can be. Editors would also look for legalities and make sure facts are correct. They will make you and your writing more professional.
To the editor, why do I need a proof reader?
The answer is why haven’t you got one!
Why do I need a proof reader, we hear you ask? Let us give you some examples.
You know you need a proof reader when…
- You have read and re-read your content countless times that your eyes are almost falling out of your head – and you are still finding errors.
- You think it’s error free, but unfortunately someone has just pointed out a doozy of a mistake.
- You can’t be bothered reading it, let alone reading it again (and again).
- You don’t have time to read or reread your copy.
- Your English isn’t so good – but you are damn good at what you do!
- Everyone makes mistakes. Fresh eyes can be your best friend.
TIP: Reading your copy word for word out loud with a ruler underlining each line is a good way to pick up errors your eye would normally skip over. You will hear it in your own voice if there is a comma missing or something doesn’t sound right.
turnaround. Having worked in the media industry I understand how time-consuming the business can be, but Liz was extremely prompt in her approach to helping me. Her experience and knowledge is invaluable and I have no hesitation in seeking her services again.
Hannah McDonald, London