Writers, marketers and web developers – write to your heart’s content. Engaging an editor shouldn’t offend you. Let me explain why.
Regardless of how well you write, a writer can rarely produce perfect copy the first time.
Don’t you find yourself looking back at that first draft and say, “What was I thinking?”
People speak conversationally. That’s fine. But, when you are giving a presentation, do you rehearse it? That’s how editing works. It refines and perfects. A third party is the only one who can know how a reader or audience member will receive it. As a writer, you can’t.
Using a copyeditor:
- Reviews the logic and order of your writing.
- Reviews technical sentence structure, syntax, word choice and sentence length; all important aspects of writing.
- Helps improve the efficiency and impact of your writing.
- Ensures that what you are trying to convey is conveyed.
- Prevents you from going on tangents because you know the material so well. The reader doesn’t; so, keep it clean and crisp.
- Considers viewpoints and questions you may not have considered.
- Reviews style and consistency.
- Sees it for the first time, something a writer can’t do.
Editors help you focus, consider your readers, and polish your writing. Remember, the best authors have editors.