An eye for detail is imperative to transform content into a format that is uniform, correct, organized, understandable, and complete. Every book or journal that is being published today, no matter how good the writing is, does not read perfectly the very first time. It goes through multiple pairs of scrutinizing eyes to get it right.
Checking content for facts, grammar, syntax, spelling, style, and if necessary, rewrite to fix problems with transitions, wordiness, jargon, style, and to ensure it has a good flow and delivers on the clarity of message. A copy editor plays a critical role in preparing a manuscript ready for production.
Proofreading comes into the picture after the content is edited, laid out, and designed—to check for spelling, typos, punctuations and formatting errors.
Both copy editors and proofreaders play a vital role by looking at content from the point of view of the reader, not the writer, ensuring that content is transformed into being easily comprehensible and well organized for specific target audiences.