Editing is an essential part of publishing a book and should be done prior to submitting your work to a publisher.
Do you have a book in you?
At The Editing House, we realise that proofreading and editing isn’t everyone’s area of expertise, which is why we have listed the differences below:
A copy editor usually sees the book before a proofreader. Their job is much more involved and their work responsibilities include not only checking for errors, but also rearranging words, cutting things out, etc., to ensure that it reads well, conforms to house style and makes sense.
Their job will involve:
A copy editor’s job is to revise and polish the text, without substantially changing the author’s style. They make far more and much bigger changes than proofreaders, making it a more demanding, varied and creative task.
A proofreader looks out for clear errors and mistakes. Specific things they will be checking for include:
It is not a proofreader’s job to rewrite text or change an author’s style; stylistic matters must be left to the copy editor.
Proofreading is the direct opposite to speed-reading, where material is read slowly and carefully, taking in every letter of every word, while considering spelling, punctuation, etc.
The Editing House understands that you have invested a lot of time and effort into your work. Your book will be handled in a professional manner so you can be proud of your work as you bring it to a publishable standard
A good editor or proofreader will help you to iron out any errors, such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, structure, etc. Spelling and punctuation are something that may appear to be very simple if you are someone to whom it comes naturally. However, to others it can tie them up in knots, cause a great deal of anxiety and even hold them back from achieving their goal.
Remember: it is much harder to detect mistakes in your own work than it is in someone else’s. This is because you are too close to your writing to see the mistakes. So why choose a professional editor?