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Proofreading & Editing FAQs

  • What is the difference between copy-editing and proofreading?

    The copy-editing process (not to mix up with line editing) ensures that your text has a consistent style and tone, flows well and clearly conveys your message. Proofreading is the very last step to identify potential run-on sentences as well as to find avoidable spelling errors or grammatical errors

  • What should I look for in a proofreader or copy-editor?

    Both copy-editors and professional proofreaders should have above-average competence in the languages they are correcting. For example, they may have a degree in their native language as well as editing and proofreading certifications. But that's not all, a good proofreader should also be familiar with the the most popular style guides versions such as AMA, AP, APA, MLS, CMS or Bluebook.

  • What does proofreading involve?

    Proofreading involves checking an almost-final document or publication for typographical errors, spelling errors or grammatical errors. It does NOT involve checking the flow of the copy and effectiveness of the message.

  • Why do I need a proofreader or copy-editor?

    When you write something yourself, it's easy to see what you expect to see, so you can miss errors when checking. Someone else such as a professional proofreader or copy-editor who is not as close to the document will often spot ways to improve it.

  • Why is proofreading important in translation?

    Machine translation is widely used in translation, but machines can't always grasp the nuances of the language. A good proofreader with years of experience will help you eliminate grammar errors or typographical errors that could completely change the meaning of your writing.

  • Why is proofreading important in business?

    Getting copy wrong can be a costly error in business. Not only can misspelled words change the meaning of a piece of writing (people have won lawsuits because of this), but it can negatively affect how potential customers see your business.