Copyediting and Proofreading

Copyediting and Proofreading

Take your writing to the next level

No One Writes a Perfect First Draft

No matter how great your writing skills, no one can write a perfect first draft. (No one.) But writing error-free content is vital to the overall impression of your brand. It shapes your reader’s experience and takes your writing from OK to converting clients.

And while all writing needs editing. Writing that gets great results, needs great editing.

Copyediting and Proofreading

There are two general editing processes—copyediting and proofreading.

Both are important, but not all writing requires the more fulsome copyediting process.

Sometimes proofreading is enough. But then again, sometimes it’s not.

Copyediting (or just plain editing)

A copy editor is your publishing partner. It’s their job to focus on the big picture to ensure there is good flow, sense and structure. At the end of the day, it’s copyediting that conveys your message or tells your story in the best way possible.

  • Check and correct grammar, spelling, syntax and punctuation
  • Analyse word usage and sentence structure
  • Check for technical consistency (including spelling, capitalisation, numerals, hyphenation, pagination etc.)
  • Review for continuity errors
  • Fact check where necessary
  • Check citations, research and source material
  • Correctly implement footnotes and endnotes
  • Ensure the ‘story’ is consistent, cohesive, correct and complete

Proofreading

Proofreading generally happens after a piece of writing is in its ‘final’ form. This might be after a full edit or after the final draft is complete in a situation where copyediting services aren’t needed.

Proofing is quality assurance more than anything else. It ensures you walk away with a good, clean final product.

Proofreading Services

  • Review for consistency
  • Correct punctuation, spelling and capitalisation
  • Correct grammar
  • Look for typos
  • Check cross-references
  • Check final version formatting

You’ve Written a Book!

Congratulations! What an accomplishment! And now that you’ve got that first draft in your hands, what next?

You need a book editor.

Book editing is really just a subset of copyediting. But because of its format, you really need someone with the right kind of experience and expertise. That’s me.

Send Me Your Drafts!

As a freelance Brisbane copyeditor and proofreader, I’m ready to help you take your writing from great to converting clients. And having a second set of eyes just makes sense. Clean, polished and error-free writing let’s your expertise shine through.

Get in touch to find out more about my proofreading and copyediting services.

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