FAQs

The SfEP is often the first port of call for those who have queries about copyediting and/or proofreading, for those who need these services and for those who provide them (or would like to). Here you will find answers to many of the questions that have come our way.

What is copyediting?
Find out all about copyediting and what copyeditors do.
What is proofreading?
Find out all about proofreading and what proofreaders do.
What is the difference between copyediting and proofreading?
Find out how these two types of editorial work differ.
Would I be suited to this work?
Find out the basic skills and attitude you will need before you start training.
What makes a professional proofreader (or copyeditor)?
Find out what marks a professional (and what gives away an amateur).
Standards in proofreading
Find out about the standards expected of a proofreader, the symbols they use, how long they take and more.
Using copyeditors and proofreaders
Find out why and how to use the services of copyeditors and proofreaders.
Training
Find out how to learn the skills necessary to be a copyeditor or proofreader.
Mentoring
Find out about the SfEP's mentoring programme.
Working freelance
Find out all about life as a freelance copyeditor or proofreader.
Freelance or freelancer?
Which one is correct?
Upgrades
Find out how to upgrade your SfEP membership.
Basic editorial test
Find out about the SfEP's basic editorial test.
Copy-editor or copyeditor?
Which one is correct?