What is the difference between editing and copy writing?

WordsRU is not only a proofreading service! We also help writers to develop their narrative, and can even write documents from scratch.

We can work with all the stages of a document, from the very beginning to the final step before publication.


Sometimes writers and students are unsure of the best time to submit a document to us, or whether to ask for proofreading or copy writing. So I thought I might take the time now to outline what we can do for you, and to illustrate the types of editing and the difference between editing and copy writing.

Most people are familiar with the idea of editing; you probably are too, because you found our blog. Fewer people, however, realize that there are different types of editing.

The most intensive type of editing is structural editing (also known as substantive editing). This editing addresses any problems with the content, structure, language and style of a document. When we perform this type of edit, we also leave comments for sections that might need further work.

A second type of editing is copy editing. Here your editor concentrates on style and presentation, as well as on removing any embarrassing mistakes or oversights. Sometimes the editor will also leave notes, if sections are a little difficult to follow or need clarification.

A third type of editing is proofreading. The proofreading service is the very final step to make sure that every detail is in order prior to publication.

There are many kinds of editing, but don’t worry! When you upload your document to WordsRU, your Chief Editor will select what is needed to ensure your document is in good shape.

We offer some additional options for authors. For instance, we can prepare a developmental letter that outlines (in 5–10 pages) issues and guidance specific to your manuscript, including characterization, continuity, structure and patterns in grammar and spelling. We can also write cover and query letters, as well as marketing and cover copy.

Which, finally, brings us to copy writing (also known as ghost writing). Here you provide us with an idea (such as a plot line, a website concept or a few points to expand­) and we write it up for you. You even get to take all the credit! This is different from editing, because in copy writing you do not provide a draft—just a few notes giving information or direction.

Copy writing is perfect for business, personal letters or just expressing a story that exists only as an idea. Of course, we cannot copy write essays or academic papers for students, because assessable work needs to be your own. But many students benefit from having their academic work edited—editing is great for anyone who wants his or her document to stand out.

Whether it’s for editing or copy writing, I look forward to hearing from you soon at WordsRU.