The copy-editor takes the text of a book or article the writer thinks is ready for publication, and checks it for punctuation, spelling, grammar, and consistency. The copy-editor may well raise questions with the author, and/or make suggestions for improving, say, plot or character descriptions. There may also be a publisher's house style to be incorporated.
Recently Paul Redfern copy-edited the text for a brochure for an hotel in Istanbul, translated into English from a Turkish copywriter's text.
The proof-reader checks the final copy approved by the copy-editor with the proofs produced by the printer. Today the final copy may be produced on a desk-top printer, while the proofs from the printer may be run-off on a laser printer - and both from the same file in a publishing program. Make sure you see the final paper print-out to check all changes have been correctly made.
Paul Redfern can perform both these functions for design groups, publishers, and magazine editors. Here's how...>>