What Are The Differences Between A Proofreader And A Copy Editor?

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What are the differences between a proofreader and a copy editor?

Definition A copy-editor (CE) edits inline with the author ‘s narration within the limits of publisher’s rules and make the content consistent, more clear to the reader, and add some aesthetic in presenting the text. Publishing Domain The raw manuscript from the author, upon the publisher’s approval, reaches the pre-press vendor who has pre-editors, copy-editors, paginators, graphic personnel, proof reader, QC, etc, in their company. This vendor process the raw content as per the publisher’s guidelines and deliver the content ready and compatible for various platforms such as print, online, e-readers, etc. Copy-editing is one of the process in the publishing work flow. The publisher provides guidelines on how the text to be edited. There are two parts in copy-editing. style and language editing. Style relates to technical part of the editing, and the language editing addresses the grammatical short comings. The CE does not have a free hand to editing; t have to adhere to publisher’s instruction and correct the grammar without affecting the author’s narrative style. After copy-editing, the file undergo various process such as pagination, proof reading, graphics correction, QC, and under go multiple levels of proof preparation. Finally, upon publisher’s approval, the content get published in various platforms as mentioned earlier. Skills Required Good basic grammatical knowledge required with keen eye to details. Working platform is MS Word and other similar programs. Career In India, Chennai is the main hub for pre-press jobs. It is very well established here for at least 30 years now.

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