An Editor is Worth Her Weight in Gold

by lcoker on May 18, 2009

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Oftentimes, when I tell people I work as an editor, they ask questions like “Doesn’t it get old correcting people’s spelling and grammar all day?” I often reply, “Well, I do check for spelling errors, but I do a lot more than that too.” I am often surprised by how common such misconceptions about editors are.

A good editing team can help you improve any document. You can bring them in at any point in the process. Of course, having anyone edit a document is helpful, but working with a professional editing team has specific advantages. When you work with an editing team, you have access to their knowledge and expertise, and they can help you in a way that a casual reader can’t.

A good editing team will help you improve your writing. Good editors don’t just check for grammar and spelling: we help you improve your word choice and address your document’s organization. We also help you to address your audience specifically. Good editors will talk to you about what your goals for your document are, and we make sure your document meets those goals.

Good editors understand the situations for which you are writing. They understand that award applications are different than proposals, which are different than informative articles (or blog posts!). We don’t expect you to know every detail about the situation for which you are writing, but we can help you to pin down your requirements and make sure your document meets them.

Additionally, a good editing team can provide you with a perspective outside of your own company. After you’ve worked on a document for a while, you often stop seeing the details, whether they are simple typos, errors in reasoning, or omissions of information. Bringing in an editing team helps you to overcome these problems, because editors provide a pair of “expert eyes.”

A committed editing team will help you assemble your materials effectively. We will support you and help you meet your deadlines. We understand that you can’t prepare for every possible situation, and we are prepared to help you meet your deadlines and goals.

At Content Solutions we take your needs very seriously. We understand how important your projects are to you, and they are equally as important to us.

Have you had an opportunity to work with some great editors? (While we like to fancy ourselves as the best, we know there are many other great editors out there… who do you think we learned from?) Tell us about your experiences in the comments!

Of course, if you’re in the market for some good editors, we invite you to check out our services over at Content Solutions.

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