Editing and Proofreading

One of the most important parts of the writing process is editing. It doesn’t matter how good your writing skills are, no one can write a perfect first draft. Great editing ensures great writing.

There are generally two types of ‘editing’ – copyediting and proofreading. They are both important, but not all written work requires the more fulsome editing process. Sometimes proofreading is enough.

Editing (or copyediting)

A copy editor is your partner in publication. In this role, I will make sure your writing is telling the ‘story’ in the best way possible by focussing on both the small details and the big picture. This includes:

  • checking and correcting grammar, spelling, syntax and punctuation;
  • analysing word usage and sentence structure;
  • checking for technical consistency in all aspects of the document (including spelling, capitalisation, numerals, hyphenation, pagination etc.);
  • checking for continuity errors;
  • performing a facts check where necessary; and
  • ensuring the ‘story’ is consistent, cohesive, correct and complete.


Proofreading generally happens after a piece of writing has undergone a full copyedit and is in its ‘final’ form. This is a quality assurance measure, more than anything else. While it does include light editing, a proofread is not a full edit. Here is what it does include:

  • checking for consistency;
  • checking cross-references if any;
  • checking and correcting punctuation and spelling;
  • checking and correcting capitalisation;
  • looking for typos; and
  • checking final version formatting.

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