Proofreading, Copyediting, and Editing: What’s the Difference?

By Sara E. Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor

Sometimes I’ll be browsing reader reviews of a new release I can’t wait to get my hands on, and I’ll see comments like: “Great book, but it could have been better edited. I spotted several missing commas!”

I take the point. Those missing commas distract me as a reader too. But I always want to reply to such comments and say, “Technically, you mean that the proofreading could have been better.” Read More