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

This is the ‘basic’ – but crucial – stage of the process of producing a perfect piece of writing. When we proofread something, we correct spelling errors, grammatical errors and errant punctuation and, if required, ensure appropriate structure – appropriate placing of paragraphs, etc.

Over the course of our normal day-to-day operations, this is a large part of what we do. We are often required to transcribe verbatim in accordance with our clients’ audio recording and our proofreaders then finesse the typed transcription to ensure the most accurate and grammatically correct result possible. With our Proofreading Service, we apply this same process to pre- written documents, websites, or anything else that you need to be proofread, quickly and efficiently.

If you are seeking this level of refinement – i.e. you are confident in the phrasing and  content of your piece of writing, but would like to ensure it will not be let down by typos and grammatical bloopers,  then our proofreading service is for you.

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

A Proofreading and Copy-Editing Service

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 always check names and other facts mentioned by our clients for accuracy, along with amending grammatical and lexical faux pas that are commonly heard in everyday speech.

When you enlist our copy-editing services, we will not only make your written work read accurately, but beautifully. 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 £12 + 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 £12 + VAT per 1,000 words for proofreading, and from £15 + VAT per 1,000 words for proofreading and copy-editing.


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