Editing & Proofreading

11 May 2022

5 EFFECTIVE TIPS FOR SELF-EDITING A FAMILY HISTORY BOOK

“The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.” — Zadie Smith Editing is a critical component of the writing process. After all, a well-written document needs polishing to ensure high quality. A common misconception is that editing involves “correcting” mistakes. While proofreading takes care of […]

29 Apr 2022

A PROOFREADER’S CHECKLIST

Proofreading can be scary at times because it carries so much responsibility. The proofreader must deliver a product that is as perfect as humanly possible. In some businesses, the proofreader is the last person to touch a document, making the final changes before it is published. Like editing, proofreading can require a light or a […]

07 Dec 2021

5 REASONS WHY HIRING A PROFESSIONAL EDITOR IS BETTER THAN USING ONLINE EDITING TOOLS

“The life of an editor is not a glamorous one. You’re a fixer; you make things better.” —Courtney B. Vance Typically, most people think editors are folks who wield big, red pens. However, a professional editor is far more than someone who corrects written content. An editor needs to dabble in mind-reading. For starters, an […]

29 Oct 2021

WHAT KIND OF EDITING DO I NEED?

“Can you edit this?” It’s arguably one of the vaguest requests heard in the world of editing and publishing. That’s because there are multiple types of editing, and they often mean something very different to each party in the editing relationship – the writer and the editor. A basic Internet search of “types of editing” […]

26 Oct 2021

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SELF-EDITING

So you’ve just written your first draft. Congratulations! Getting words onto the page can be one of the most painful parts of the writing process. Unfortunately, you’re not done yet. As every seasoned writer knows, your first draft is just the first step. Rarely (if ever) does a piece move from the writer’s brain to […]

16 Jul 2021

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WRITING STYLE GUIDES

Jonathan Culver, an author renowned for challenging the foundations of the English language, once stated, “The English language is a work in progress. Have fun with it.” Indeed, the English language is a magnificent living organism. And unlike other languages, there is no “right” way of using it. Quite the contrary, English can lend itself […]

28 Apr 2021

THE SIX TYPES OF EDITING: KNOWING WHICH IS THE RIGHT ONE

Legendary novelist Stephen King once said, “To write is human, to edit is divine.” Indeed, nothing is perfect the first time. Writing is no exception. Effective writing requires a progressive approach. No matter how good writing is the first time, a good edit can take a text from good to great. When readers lay their […]

20 Oct 2020

STYLE AND TONE IN WRITING: WHAT THEY MEAN AND WHY IT MATTERS

As a writer, you hear the terms style and tone bandied about quite a bit, and frequently together. But are they something you need to pay attention to? Or do they just happen when you write? You know that all writing has some form of tone and style, but what do the terms really mean? Aren’t they […]

02 Oct 2020

HOW TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD WITH YOUR STYLE GUIDE

You may not think fonts, colors, and tone of voice are essential in telling your company or organization’s story, but they are. These items all reflect your brand and serve as important components to distinguish your company and establish customer loyalty. And there’s nothing better than a style guide to help ensure consistent communications. Style […]

18 Sep 2020

EDITORS VS. PROOFREADERS: THEY DON’T WEAR THE SAME HAT

The words you put out on behalf of your company are essential to your bottom line. They reflect your brand and your mission, and they attract potential customers or donors. With so much at stake, it is imperative that you have multiple sets of eyes on your final copy before it goes out for all […]