Someone once asked me how much time I spend editing. My response?
"How much time do I spend editing or copyediting?"
The two are different, you see. But they're commonly used interchangeably, which can cause some confusion. So here's the basic difference:
Editing refers to making changes to the content of a piece. For instance, you might reorganize, rewrite, revise, reposition -- there's a lot of "re" stuff going on. Typically, it's a very collaborative process with the writer.
Copyediting, on the other hand, involves fewer sweeping changes. It focuses more on accuracy, formatting, and sometimes (though not always) proofreading.
Originally published Jul 19, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated October 07 2019