Proofreading versus Copy-Editing


Ever wonder what the difference is between a proofreading service versus a copy-editing service? You’re not alone. This article outlines what the real differences are.


A Proofreading Service

In basic terms, this is the bread and butter of making a piece of writing a really great piece of writing. When we proofread something, we correct spelling errors, grammatical errors and errant punctuation (and add it where it is missing) and establish structure (paragraphs, etc).

Over the course of our normal day-to-day operations, this is 90% of what we do. Our instructions are to transcribe exactly what our clients say and produce the clearest, most grammatically correct written document we can. With our Proofreading and Copy-Editing Service, we apply this same process to already written documents – whatever you desire to be edited – very easily and quickly, especially as we are not dealing with a blank canvas!

If you are after this type of refinement – if you are confident in the accuracy of your content and happy with your layout, presentation and consistency, the amount of content you have and linguistic integrity of your work – then our proofreading service is for you.

Read on to find out how we can delve a little deeper to help by copy-editing your work also.

A Proofreading and Copy-Editing Service

If proofreading is the bread and butter of turning a document into a great piece of writing, then copy-editing is the filling. Long, convoluted sentences or inaccurate facts can ruin your work in the way that Marmite can ruin a sandwich (but that, of course, is just one opinion!).

In short, copy-editing is the next level up from proofreading. There is a certain element of copy-editing going on in our day-to-day operations, as we check names and other facts mentioned by our clients for accuracy, as well as correct any faux pas that we are all prone to making in everyday speech.

When you enlist our copy-editing services, we will not only make your written work read beautifully, we will also make it professional. If this is what you require, it’s important to understand that you are giving us permission to change, re-word or even re-write parts of your work to ensure:

  • It is fluid and cohesive.
  • That any factual errors are corrected.
  • In the case of any ESL pieces, that they are linguistically correct.
  • There is consistency throughout in structure – paragraphs, formatting, etc.


What we include in Proofreading versus Copy-Editing

Feature Proofreading Copy-Editing
Price per 1,000 words From £10 + VAT From £15 + VAT
Style and format


The costs of Proofreading versus Copy-Editing

To talk to us about your requirements, or to enlist our proofreading service and/or our copy-editing service, you can contact us on 0207 117 0066 for a no-obligation discussion and quote, or alternatively, drop us a line at

As a rough guide, our rates are from £10 + VAT per 1,000 words for proofreading, and from £15 + VAT per 1,000 words for proofreading and copy-editing.


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