So you’ve decided you need a professional to check over your copy. But how do you know if you need a proofreader or a copy editor? The difference is more important than you might think!
A proofreader checks spelling and grammar and corrects errors in your copy – but they will not drastically alter the copy. They will also look for general mistakes, such as punctuation, formatting and consistency. You should see your proofreader as the last line of defence for really obvious mistakes that could ruin your copy.
Many people think they want a proofreader, but they are actually looking for a deeper level of editing. A copy editor takes a much more thorough approach. They will do all of the things mentioned above, but they will also rewrite sentences for clarity, perfect your tone of voice, change punctuation, ensure your copy follows a house style, click on links to check they work and take you to the correct website, fact check and so much more.