The questions under the spotlight today are the differences between editing and proofreading, when to go to a proofreader/editor, and whose work costs more.
Very often people ask the question “who can edit my essay?”. The answer is simple, a specialized proofreading service will help you. A proofreader and an editor are not always different people. In copywriting, for example, one person almost always does all the work. In book publishing, where mistakes are fraught with huge losses, these are two separate people (agree, correcting an error on an online store page is not the same as retyping 10,000 copies of a book).
Proofreading and editing: the differences
Tasks of the Proofreader
Types of edits
The editor improves the form and content of the work. There are four known methods of editing:
The task of proofreading is to compare the text with the original, identifying and eliminating errors. The work of the editor during proofreading consists of:
The purpose of editing-shortening is to compress the work, but preserve the content. This kind of editing is necessary:
Editing-processing is used more often than other types. The editor uses such methods of working with the text as:
The nuances of the style of the work are preserved, and the edits themselves are coordinated with the author.
If the work is written in poor literary language, for example, memoirs, scientific books or articles, the edit-remake is applied. In this case, the editor leaves the sequence of presentation of the material, stylistics and logic of the author.
In editing texts, there are rules that are desirable to follow:
The 1st rule is to understand the scope of the work. For example, for social networks the text should be bright and succinct, but for a book or article the artistic value will come to the fore;
The 2nd rule is to take care of the reader. Break the article into paragraphs, fragments and key phrases;
The 3rd rule is to highlight the main idea of the work in font or color;
The 4th rule is to read the text several times; there is always something to correct.
The most important thing is not to be guided by the phrase will read if he wants to. Respect for the reader is the golden rule of the editor.
And by the way, the editor’s services are more expensive precisely because the editor often performs proofreading functions, plus the differences between proofreading and editing are not so great.