I decided I want to do both editing and proofreading. But, what is the difference, and why are they both important?
Overall, the publishing process goes something like this:
- The author writes something.
- The editor checks out and corrects “overall” issues.
- The proofreader nitpicks the details.
- The piece gets published.
Now, that’s quite a generalization. But from what I've been reading, the publishing industry has become so varied and flexible in recent years that in many arenas standardization has become a thing of the past. My focus is on self-publishing, so that’s the process I’ll be learning about.