Proofreading and Copyediting. What’s the Difference?

Proofreaders are often hired to review manuscripts as well. While the editor is hired to review and change the copy to improve the flow and quality of the text, the proofer typically looks at the final draft to make sure that there are no errors. That doesn’t include a simple spellcheck, but checking for correct punctuation, that all graphics or tables are labeled correctly, and grammatical errors. Proofreading, or proofing, doesn’t pay as much as editing, but can be a good entry point for aspiring editors.

Copyediting is closely related to editing and proofreading, but is a bit different than either of the two. A copyeditor is charged with proofing the document and also editing the document so that the style is consistent with other company publications. They might also have expert knowledge or experience and are typically paid more than proofreaders.