Copyediting, also known as line editing, means combing through a manuscript and checking for errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, structure, usage, and consistency. I generally combine content editing, including corrections in flow, repetition, and development, with copyediting.
Proofreading comes after the copyediting is already done and the work is in the form it will be in when published. Although a copyeditor will find the majority of the mistakes, it is beneficial to the author for a proofreader to revisit the work and locate any missed errors. Proofreaders also look for mistakes copyeditors may have created when they corrected other errors. In addition, proofreaders will check running headers and page numbers for accuracy. They will search the table of contents, glossary, translations, and so forth for any errors.
- An author will more than likely make many changes to their manuscript after a copyeditor has gone through it. Don’t think you will be able to immediately publish your work after your copyeditor is done.
- You have the right to have disassociated people do your copyediting and proofing. For example, if someone else edited your manuscript, I can still proofread it for you.
- I work with Microsoft Word, and I use the Track Changes feature when editing a manuscript. With this feature, the author decides whether or not to accept the changes I made. I also make comments on the manuscript that deal with content editing with the understanding that you, the author, have the final say on changes made to your manuscript.
- All editing rules are based on The Chicago Manual of Style, and all spellings are checked against the Unabridged Merriam-Webster's Dictionary.
- Though I do my best to catch every error, I am only human. I cannot guarantee your manuscript will be completely error free.