Everyone who works for a living also writes for a living. Whether you’re in business, government or academia, you will have to face critique from readers at some stage. Critiques of your writing can be helpful, but they can also be painful if you aren’t prepared.
Many writers are told by their publishers, thesis supervisors, peers and bosses to get help with their writing. This kind of critique is often a personal conversation. Sometimes, it involves rejection. And rejection really hurts.
While editors and proofreaders cannot guarantee publication, acceptance, payment, awards or accolades, we can help you prepare for critique. The benefits of using the services of a proofreader are myriad. Here are a few examples of what we can do, depending on how deeply we dive into your document. Our work:
- gives you tools to refine your text;
- helps you place text where it belongs, in the correct chapter or section;
- addresses your writing weaknesses;
- introduces consistency to all aspects of your writing, including content and grammar;
- adds impact to your messages;
- tightens your delivery and reduces wordiness;
- weeds our errors and repeated text;
- prevents incorrect statements;
- brings to your attention important things you have missed; and
- suggests better ways of approaching problems.
But the biggest benefit you will get from professional editing is that you appear to your critics — also your audience — as if you got all these things right, by yourself! I don’t know a single reader who reflects on the skills of the editor. Instead, your readers think about how brilliant you, the author, are. The editor stays in the background. That’s what makes the professional editor your best friend. We make you, the writer and author, look good.