Editing vs Proofreading

Here is another way in which the online writing world is changing the ‘real life writing world’.  When I worked as a proofreader in an international firm, proofreading involved correcting compositional skills such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.  As far as I know, proofreading is still is just that.  It did not involve rewriting a paper, finding bibliographical citations, or completing a bibliography.  Or even, for that matter, beefing up a paper by adding sentences. That is editing.

I have come in contact with an online company that considers editing “proofreading” and pays accordingly.  Let the records show that an editor is not the same a proofreader. Nor is the pay scale the same.  Editors earn more than a proofreader.

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