A Writer’s Guide to Difference Between Editing and Proofreading

Many a times, people use the words ‘editing’ and ‘proofreading in place of each other. People tend to think that these two words have the same meaning. The people who even know the difference in the meanings of these two words also tend to mistake these two for each other. For them, this mistake is just like what we all commit sometimes by writing ‘their’ in place of ‘there’. Although the two words ‘editing’ and ‘proofreading’ are both terms that refer to checking a document for accuracy, but both of them have a substantial amount of difference between each other. This difference is something that most of us are unaware of.

In fact, many clients who hire a professional editing company or freelance editor are also unaware of this difference. The clients are not aware of which service they actually need and the company or the freelancer is unsure about what exactly he needs to do on the editing or proofreading assignment. Because of this uncertainty, many a times, the client gets something exactly different than what he had hoped for.

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