Many people use the terms proofreading and editing interchangeably. A teacher, for example, might tell an underachieving student to have his writing proofread before turning in a term paper, or a potential employer might reject, for lack of proofreading, an applicant whose résumé and cover letter are badly written. But editing and proofreading are not the same—indeed, far from it.

A proofreader is helpful in the final stages of writing, when all that is left is the hunt for minor typographical errors and misspellings. But you need an editor to help you get to that point. When you’ve put your thoughts into words, ask an editor to review your document to help you discover now—instead of later, when it’s too late—what aspects of your work could benefit from scrupulous attention to grammar and style. In reviewing your paper, your editor can help you increase your chances of success by enhancing the content and clarity of your work while also fixing any errors that you’ve overlooked.

An editor combines professional-level language skills with the insights that a fresh pair of eyes and an objective mind can offer. When reviewing your work, your editor can offer suggestions for how you can improve it. You haven’t spent your time writing only to keep your work to yourself, after all—and so you’ll want an early look at how others view what you have to say—and, equally important, how well you’ve said it.

How can you find the editorial service that’s right for you? A variety of signs will help you tell. Look for a level of service that is right for your needs, whether light or heavy. Also, make things as easy on yourself as possible by finding a service that accepts a variety of payment methods.

Most of all, though, you’ll want to select a company that has a proud history and a sterling reputation. Advertising can be bought, but good word of mouth is priceless. Find out how other authors have benefited from the service you’re considering: What do they have to say about its attention to detail, its timeliness, and its reliability? When you’ve answered these questions to your satisfaction, you’ll be able to enjoy the process of composition secure in the knowledge that a trustworthy professional is in your corner, ready to help you succeed.


No one gets a second chance to make a first impression. Accordingly, to offer a compelling view of yourself and your work, seek the help of a professional editor and proofreader.

Does your writing lack the polish needed to plant your ideas firmly in your readers’ minds? Are you struggling to improve your presentation? Does your thesis—or perhaps your website—lack the proofreading that would let you communicate with readers without putting them off? Most people can benefit from the services of a professional editor and proofreader, but know it—and even fewer do anything about it. Armed with this knowledge, you can make editorial services your secret weapon in today’s world of clear and incisive communication.

Embarrassing errors can be more than just embarrassing—in the wrong circumstances, they can be downright humiliating or even catastrophic. Don’t put your message at risk; instead, make your words work for you by presenting a message that combines accuracy and clarity with your unique point of view.

A single misplaced word can distract readers from what you have to say—or entirely change your meaning. But with the help of an editor and a proofreader, you can give your writing a consistent style while rooting out grammatical and typographical errors. What’s more, getting an unbiased perspective from a third party gives you an invaluable view of your own work, allowing you to tailor it more finely to your audience and your purpose. By doing so, you can accomplish your purpose with assurance, confident in the quality of what you are bringing to your audience.

Don’t let a lack of attention to style and grammar do your ideas a disservice. Instead, enlist the help of an editor to give your work the polish it deserves.