Basically, copyediting takes place earlier in the publishing process than does proofreading. In fact, the copyeditor creates a style sheet listing the references relied upon (usually a specific dictionary and style manual) and the decisions made on spelling, punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, presentation of dates and numbers, etc. This style sheet is specific to your manuscript and can then be referred to by the proofreader when checking the project before it goes to print. For example, if you prefer a less common spelling of a word and have used that spelling consistently throughout your manuscript, the copyeditor will note this in the style sheet and the proofreader will see that. Otherwise, the proofreader might be tempted to change the spelling, which might introduce inconsistency and even increase costs since changes at the proofreading stage are often more expensive.
What is the difference between copyediting and proofreading?
By Louann Pope| 2014-09-22T11:40:10+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Comments Off on What is the difference between copyediting and proofreading?
About the Author: Louann Pope
Louann's former career was in business, finance, and economics, but she's always loved reading and language. . . so she obtained a specialized copyediting certification and launched a freelance copyediting career. Personally, her favorite genres to read are science fiction & fantasy and mystery. Because she loves language and has this eclectic combination of background and interests, she can copyedit a wide range of materials—everything from academic journal articles to company press releases to time-travel romances. Regardless of the type of writing, her goal is always to ensure that the manuscript reflects the best of the author’s ability and unique voice. She sees the editing process as a collaboration in which she acts as a bridge between the author and the reader.