Wondering about the difference between editing and proofreading? Well, here you go...

Many people throw around the terms interchangeably, but distinct differences exist. It's like confusing Shazam with Flash. If you're into superheroes, you know the difference. If you're not, then they're just two super-speedy guys wearing red and yellow jumpsuits. The differences are stark though folks. You may as well throw Iron Man into the mix while you're at it. 

Anyway, I like to start with dictionary definitions for comparison and to settle long standing disputes. We'll refer to Merriam-Webster's expertise.


  • Edit means either of the following:
    • "to prepare (something, such as literary material) for publication or public presentation"
    • "to alter, adapt, or refine especially to bring about conformity to a standard or to suit a particular purpose."
  • Proofread, however, means:
    • "to read and mark corrections in (something, such as a proof)"


Essentially, whenever your English teachers marked a dreaded "AWK" (for awkward) on your writing, then EDITING should have caught that issue. Each apostrophe, comma error or formatting problem (hello, MLA) could have been corrected with careful PROOFREADING.

Differences between editing and proofreading

What kinds of projects can benefit from editing and proofreading?

Website Content

Ensure your brand identity and voice is cohesive. Even if you don't need custom written website copy, I can edit for clarity and style. Promote your company across a variety of platforms and media with the right combination of campaigns.

  • website copy
  • promotional email campaigns
  • social media posts
  • articles and listicles
  • item or inventory descriptions



An updated resume tailored to the specific career role you plan to pursue is vital. I can freshen up the layout of an older resume and pair it with your current on-the-job achievements to connect to future employers.

You will provide me with a resume planning sheet to guide my writing. Depending on the details you provide, we may chose to schedule a consultation via Zoom so I can capitalize on your prior experiences to really make your resume stand out.

Academic Writing

Preparing your major assignments for submission should include a careful reading prior to deadline day. I will provide recommendations and edits via your choice of software: Google Docs or Microsoft Word with track changes applied.

Here are the common projects:

  • thesis or dissertations (MLA, APA, Chicago, AP style guides)
  • narrative writing
  • research writing
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • essays

College Application Essays

College application season brings a flurry of deadline. I will guide your high school senior through the writing process so their Common App essay is meaningful and memorable. I am able to work with students from the drafting stages or help with revisions on a draft in progress. Let's work together to help your rising college freshman earn that coveted spot at their dream school!

Based on your student's needs we can work solely via Google Docs or discuss essays on Zoom. I will accommodate their learning preferences as we work on what is sure to be one of the most important essays of their schooling.



What my clients think...

"Barbara knocked this project out of the park for us! I was stressing out about writing this content and she stepped in and did an outstanding job. I will definitely be working with her on more projects."

Oprette Design Firm

"Barbara was amazing! She proofread and adjusted my statement of intent in just a few hours and did such an amazing job with it. She was very easy to communicate with and kind. There is no doubt in my mind I would work with her again. She's a very talented writer."

Jennifer M.

Resume Revamp

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