About copy-editing and proofreading

In this post, John Espirian provides a brief introduction to two key types of editorial service: copy-editing and proofreading.

Copy-editing and proofreading

Learn about copy-editing and proofreading

Imagine the difficult elevator pitch: you have a few seconds to tell people what you do, and you’re met with quizzical looks when you drop the terms ‘copy-editor’ and ‘proofreader’ into the conversation. At best, the person you’re speaking to will think you’re a human spellchecker; at worst … well, they just won’t have a clue. So, what to do?

A short video about copy-editing and proofreading

As someone who wears more than one editorial hat, I thought I’d produce a quick video intro to copy-editing and proofreading. And as a director of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), it seemed right to prepare this on behalf of the Society. So here it is:

If you’ve got your own definitions of copy-editing and proofreading, please share them in the comments below.

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