Copyeditor, Copywriter, Proofreader . . . What’s the Difference?

Clearing up the confusion.

Is there are difference between the roles of a copyeditor, a copywriter, and a proofreader? Or are they simply different words for the same thing?

Copyeditor

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Ben Franklin, Copyeditor

Let’s begin with definitions. A copyeditor[1] takes text (or copy) that someone else has written and ensures it is clear, coherent, consistent, and correct, all for the purpose of effective communication. I’ve heard it rumored that business owners place a high premium on effective communication. If they write anything for current and prospective customers and clients—flyers, website text, correspondence, and so forth—they should care about stuff like that. If they don’t know why they should care, have them contact me and I’ll be happy to explain it over a cup of coffee.

Copywriter

A second term that needs clarification is copywriter (or copy writer, if you prefer). Continue reading “Copyeditor, Copywriter, Proofreader . . . What’s the Difference?”