Spot the Difference: Copyediting vs. Proofreading

You understand the importance of polished copy, whether on your blog, website, or email campaign. Of course, professional copy is important to support all of the messaging behind your brand. But, sometimes, when seeking help with your copywriting, it’s easy to confuse the promise of copyediting vs. proofreading.

Similar in nature, copyediting and proofreading are very different animals. Understand the nuances between the two in order to source the help you actually need. Doing so will result in stronger copy that better supports the story of your business.

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Why Should Your Business Care About Copyediting?

As a guest on the “Friends with Kevin Radio Show,” I had the opportunity to discuss why a business or brand should care about copyediting with host Kevin Willett. In our short, approximately ten-minute segment, we dove into the copyediting chaos that can wreak havoc on a brand’s message and overall presentation.

Here is a key takeaway about typos and a link to our talk

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Copyediting Means More than Taking Care of Typos

This week, I’m prepping for a brief blog talk radio interview all about why copywriting matters, specifically, why copyediting is crucial to a business and brand’s image. Host Kevin Willett, of the Friends of Kevin Radio Show, understands why copyediting is so important, but can’t comprehend why more businesses don’t take it seriously. Or seriously enough to entrust the words backing their brand with a professional copy editor.

Willett wanted to discuss the typical traps, like typos on a website or blog, even admitting his own spelling gaffes as an example of how the best intentions can result in overlooked errors. As we all know, everyone’s a critic and with the anonymity provided by cyberspace, any minor typo will leave you open to nitpicking and finger-pointing; ultimately, detracting from whatever important message you were trying to share with your audience.

But, copyediting means more than taking care of typos. Typos can exist without major damage to a message’s overall meaning. Word usage is where things get dicey…

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