The Importance of Editing

07-22-2016  Just how important is it to have your written work edited and reviewed to assure you make the correct impression on your viewer or reader?  Just ask dozens of job applicants who elected not to have their resumes or CVs scanned by a professional editor–and in so doing, didn’t get that job they really wanted. 

Some Insight About Editing Importance

The same guideline applies for presentations, but even more so. Just ask the busy executive who was in a hurry and did not take the time to review the major presentation he or she was making–that one last time–before making it.  Consequently, the million dollar sale was lost.  After all, who needs a second set of eyes peering over your shoulder, anyway?  Turns out, you do.

B2C_badge_100Modern technology has multiple ways of imparting information to us – people are using their computers and smartphones more than ever. EBooks are a booming industry. We have so many ways of reading things. One thing that hasn’t changed since the days of the typewriter, though, is the importance of having your work proofread and edited.   Awards are won when your work is exceptional.

Has this ever happened to you: you’re reading a blog post or article that’s riddled with grammatical errors and misspellings, to the point that the mistakes distract you from the point of what you’re reading? This happens a lot. People are quick to self-publish without having a second (or third, or fourth) pair of eyes check over their work. And it can be easy to miss errors in reading your own work.

Green Visors and Red Pencils

The old-fashioned stereotype  of an editor is of someone who has piles of manuscripts in front of them, and they mark everything up with a red pencil. Today’s editors, though, are more likely to use Microsoft’s Track Changes to note errors and comments within the work, without the hassle of it being printed out first.

If your writing needs to follow a certain style (Harvard, Chicago, APA – just to name a few) you can have it double-checked to ensure citations are done properly. If you choose to have your work substantially edited, you will get feedback on any points that need to be changed – sentences that don’t flow smoothly, plot points that aren’t resolved or aren’t clear – along with grammar and syntax.  Professional editors aren’t an expense, they’re an asset.  And everyone who uses an Editor has one they just couldn’t do without. 

In Praise of our Editor

In our case, it’s Elizabeth Miller.   Now, before she gets too embarrassed and calls us, demanding we take the post down, let us just share a few words about professionalism.  Whether it’s a White Paper, a  key presentation to clients or a long form proposal, you just can’t find a better editor, and too infrequently, we don’t let her know how much we appreciate the work she does.  In addition to serving as Chief Editor for an online graduate school (Rushmore University), she handles everything from foreign language texts to books…and her fees don’t cost…we are convinced that because of the quality of work she produces for us, they pay! 

Want to talk to the best and find out about what changes professionally editing your work can make for you? 

Call her—Elizabeth Miller Editing—at 1-214-564-4412 or email her at emediting1@gmail.com.  And Elizabeth, thanks for the work you do for us everyday!!

 

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