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Proofreading vs editing: Which one do you need?

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


If you’ve made the decision to have your work looked over by a professional, you need to figure out exactly which service you need. According to the SFEP and other accredited bodies, there is a marked difference between proofreading and editing.


Proofreading


· Grammar

· Punctuation

· Spelling and usage

· Demarcation

This does not involve any rewriting and simply flags up any errors in your work. Proofreading comes after the editing stage and allows you to have a professional or academic finish to your work.


Editing


· Clarity of writing

· Coherence

· Format/structure of writing

· Sentence structure

· Concise language

· Word efficiency

· Word count

· Language and tone

· Eliminate repetition


Editing involves rewriting and potentially restructuring your document. This will help improve the quality of your writing and strengthen your arguments by deleting unnecessary information.


Whether your writing is academic or professional, individuals want accurate writing and well-researched facts that are supported by reputable sources. Aim to leave at least a week before your deadline to ensure that there is time to proofread and edit your work successfully. If you are still unsure, then simply ask yourself two questions: why do companies spend a large budget on proofreaders and editors? Don’t you deserve the same service for a fraction of the price?

Still hesitating? Get in contact and let’s have a chat 😊


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