Proofreading, copy editing, and developmental editing cover the types of revisions made to writing at different stages of the writing process.

Developmental editing occurs at the earliest stage of writing, when ideas may still be unclear and the prose clunky. The editor’s aim at this stage is to provide suggestions that will bring greater clarity and structure to the writing as a whole. At the developmental editing stage, we aren’t concerned very much with spelling and typos, or word choice and grammar (though those edits will be made), because the intention is to understand and provide guidance for the larger purpose of the writing. Developmental editing is about assessing intentions: Why am I writing this piece and who is it for? This means understanding and clarifying the overall purpose of the piece, resolving the tone of voice and style of writing in relation to an identified audience, and organizing the writing with a structure (that is, chapters, sections, and paragraphs) that will best communicate what the author intends to say. Writers requesting developmental editing will receive a significant amount of feedback in the form of editor’s notes, with some moderate editorial changes made directly to the text itself. Almost all pieces of writing require at least one more round of editing after developmental editing before they are ready to be published.

Copy editing describes the middle editing stages when writing is evaluated and corrected for grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, word choice, and language. Copy editing, which is sometimes referred to as content editing, is the form of editing that most people are familiar with. Copy editing is about assessing communication: Does this writing make sense and how can I improve its language? Writer’s requesting copy editing will receive a moderate amount of feedback in the form of editor’s notes along with significant editorial changes made directly in the text itself. Some writers opt to publish directly after copy editing while others may opt for additional copyediting revisions as well as proofreading.

Proofreading is the final stage of editing and it occurs just before the finished piece is published. By the time a piece of writing is proofread, the ideas are set and clearly articulated, the tone is consistent throughout, and the style of writing is clear. There should be few, if any, issues with language and word choice, and most spelling errors should have already been corrected. Proofreading is about finalizing the text for publication; the proofreader is simply a second set of eyes to catch any typos or formatting problems. Writers requesting proofreading will receive minimal feedback in the form of editor’s notes along with minimum to significant changes made directly to the text itself. No further editing should be necessary after the proofreading stage.

The line between writing and editing services can be vague and many people are confused about which services they might need. As a general rule, writers create content anew and from scratch, while editors and proofreaders alter existing content. By offering proofreading, copy editing, and developmental services, we aim to cover as much as possible the process for improving your content so you can get your ideas out into the world.

    What we will do:
  • Provide heavy (or light) editing of an existing document that you have authored.
  • Make suggestions for changes to tone, structure, style, and language and, where necessary, make those changes inline.

    What we won’t do:
  • Rearrange or restructure an existing piece of writing by another author for your own purposes.
  • Create a piece of writing anew based on your notes, an idea, or any other source.

You can submit requests for editorial services anytime through our web app. For Basic plans, requests will be fulfilled within one business day. For Plus and Pro plans, requests will be fulfilled within two business days. Requests made at 9:00am or earlier on any weekday are fulfilled by 9:00am on the next business day (for Basic plans) or in two business days (for Plus and Pro plans). Requests made after 9:00am are fulfilled by 5:00pm on the next business day (for Basic plans) or in two business days (for Plus and Pro plans).

Requests made for a la carte editorial services will be scheduled by the editor and may return in more than two business days. A la carte requests larger than 10,000 words will return in more than two business days.

No editorial requests will be fulfilled on weekends. Requests made before or at 9:00am on Fridays will return by 9:00am on Monday (for Basic plans) or 9:00am on Tuesday (for Plus and Pro plans). Requests made after 9:00am on Fridays will return by 5:00pm on Monday (for Basic plans) or 5:00pm on Tuesday (for Plus and Pro plans).

All dates and times are EST.
All work submitted for editorial services is confidential. Requests for editorial services are shared only with editors and others within our organization who must access your editorial request in order to render services. You understand that your content (not including credit card information), may be transferred unencrypted and involve: (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. Credit card information is always encrypted during transfer over networks.
All of our proofreaders and editors are experienced editorial professionals possessing doctoral degrees in writing intensive fields.
Yes, we offer a free 250-word edit. Simply create a PureEdit account (no credit card required), enter details for your proofreading or editing job, upload your file, and submit your request. Once the request has been fulfilled, you can download your fully edited document directly from your PureEdit account dashboard.
You may request to use the same editor or proofreader from a previous request and we will do our best to honor that request. By submitting a request for editorial services, you agree to request such services only through the means provided by the PureEdit web app. Any attempt to contact or contract with our editors or other PureEdit employees outside of the PureEdit web app will result in immediate termination of your account.
You can upgrade your subscription anytime. Just send us a note at subscriptions@pureedit.io. You can also choose a la carte services anytime. Simply make the editing request as usual through the PureEdit app and we will process the a la carte services using your credit card on file. If you will regularly need more than 10,000 words per month, contact us to discuss an enterprise package.
No. We take very seriously the laws and ethical standards concerning copyrights, trademarks, and intellectual property. We reserve the right to refuse any work that we suspect of plagiarism or we suspect violates any rules, laws, or ethics regarding copyrights, trademarks, or intellectual property. All work submitted must be the work of the user submitting the work. The user takes full responsibility for any work, before and after editing and proofreading services have been rendered, that violates any rules, laws, or ethics regarding intellectual property. We reserve the right to refuse any editing requests that would serve to misrepresent or otherwise make less clear the authorship of the written work.
Students submitting editing or proofreading requests for work in pursuit of a degree granting program (whether secondary or post-secondary) must fully disclose their use of our editorial services to their teachers, professors, or other authorities charged with evaluating their work. We take no responsibility for any consequences imposed upon students for utilizing our services.
We do not yet offer content writing services but plan to in the near future. In the meantime, you can find some helpful writing tips on our blog.
Yes, we do offer coaching for writers. For more information, send us at email at hello@pureedit.io.
For monthly plans, you will be charged exactly what's listed on the pricing page. For a la carte services, you will be charged the per word pricing listed multiplied by the number of words in your document. After submitting a request for a la carte editorial services, you will receive an invoice detailing the exact charges and estimated return date. Once the invoice is paid, your document will be edited.
For monthly plans, your card will be charged immediately when you subscribe, then on that same day of the month each month thereafter. So if you sign up on January 26th, then your card will be charged on that day as well as February 26th, March 26th, April 26th, etc. For a la carte services, you will receive an invoice for services requested, which you can conveniently pay online by credit card. Once the invoice is paid, you will receive your editorial services.
You can change your plan anytime. Just send us a note at subscriptions@pureedit.io.
You can cancel your subscription anytime. Just send us a note at subscriptions@pureedit.io.
You can find more information about our Privacy Policy here and more information about our Terms of Service here. For any additional questions, feel free to send us a note at hello@pureedit.io.