luminous sea copyWhat is the difference between editing and proofreading?

There are many types of editing, but the Society for Editors and Proofreaders has a good guide on their website:

Proofreading FAQs

Editing FAQs

A very basic answer is that copy-editing happens early on in the publishing process, once the copy has been written, whereas  proofreading is one of the final stages, making sure everything is as it should be, before being sent off for printing or made live on the web.

How long will it take?

Each piece of work is different, requiring varying levels of editing. We can discuss time-frames when evaluating the work that needs to be carried out on your documents. A quick proofread will take less time than a full edit.

How much will it cost?

Again, each piece of work is different. Generally I adhere to the suggested rates of the SfEP.

Payment will be agreed in advance and should be received within 30 days of the date of invoice.

What materials can you work on?

If it’s written it can be proofread and edited. I can also write your copy for you – I specialise in writing for the historical, tourism and artisan drinks sectors.

Why do I need my work edited and proofread ?

While it’s true that a computer can automate certain procedures, it can’t look over your work like a human can. An editor can make sure that your grammar is correct, that the right words are being used and that everything is as it should be. Editing your own work is also notoriously difficult as you become used to what you have written and can miss even simple errors.

I’m not sure what I need, can you help?

Preparing your work can be a tricky business. If you know you need help with your writing,  editing, proofreading etc. but aren’t sure what is needed, talk to me. I provide a no-obligation quote, which will steer you in the right direction.

What subjects can you work on?

I specialise in editing historical fiction and non-fiction, and writing for the historical, tourism and artisan drinks sectors. I work on a whole range of other topics too, so don’t worry if history is not your thing. Some of my favourite non-historical subjects are:

theatre, film and the entertainment industry,


the maritime industry,

paranormal studies

and the Tarot.

Contact me on: sara@northerneditorial.co.uk