While proofreading filters out the basic mistakes in a piece of text, copy-editing buffs it up to a resplendent shine, creating sparkling text that gets your message or story across clearly and elegantly, while remaining consistent in tone.

As copy-editor, I will carefully go through your text, not only correcting errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar, but examining the detail, style and structure. Is the tone appropriate for your audience? Is the content understandable? Are the sentences too long/short? Should hyperlinks be used? Is the format consistent? Are the facts correct? Are there any potential legal issues?

The result of all this work is a document that’s clear, correct, coherent, complete, concise, consistent and credible – the seven Cs of editing.