Editing can be the toughest element of the writing process, even more difficult than the initial placing of words on the page or screen. A novelist believes every word is vital to the story, a student struggles to include all the points under the imposed word limit and a speechwriter is constrained by the allotted time slot.
Copy-editing has become more popular with the advent of electronic documents. An increasing number of clients nowadays prefer a proofreader to edit the copy and provide in-document corrections and/or suggested alternative phrases, sentences and paragraphs. Once a level of professional trust has been established, some clients even allow the proofreader to make in-document corrections without highlighting the changes that have been executed.
Editing commissions are accepted on their own, although in most cases they combine proofreading with copy-editing. Fees are calculated according to the length of document and requirements from the client.