Some people are confused about the difference between an editor and a proofreader, so I’m going to try to clear up that confusion.

First, let’s talk about proofreaders. What do they do?

A proofreader is someone who reads a body of text and looks for errors before it is published. They are pre-publication quality control experts whose sole function is to catch errors before they go public. The term comes from the age-old practice of reading galley proofs, which are initial versions of a publication page printed out for the sole purpose of catching errors before…