Want to know a few scary truths ignored by too many content creators? Editing and proofing are not the same thing. And you can’t adequately execute the two at the same time.
And if you think the same person can write, edit, and proof their own work, you should be afraid, very afraid of publishing that content.
Even the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recognizes proofreaders as distinct from editors. Its description of proofreaders’ duties includes: “Read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors. Excludes workers whose primary duty is editing copy.”
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