… you need it to serve you the best that it possibly can.
That takes a good editor.
You’ve poured your heart and soul into the writing. Now, before your message goes out to the world, get it reviewed by a trained and experienced copyeditor.
Here’s a sampling of what a trained, experienced copyeditor is watching for:
- Typos and plain old spelling errors
- Grammar errors
- Punctuation (yes, where the commas are placed makes a difference)
- Style (making sure the chosen style guide is followed exactly)
- Clarity, readability, tone, and flow (does the piece make sense as a whole?)
- Word usage (maybe the text uses discrete when discreet was intended)
- Organization (is the order of presentation the best for the purpose?)
- Does it hit the mark for the intended audience? What’s the UX likely to be?
- Does it effectively communicate the intended message?
- Is it consistent with the “house style” of your other materials? How about consistent voice?
- Are quotations accurate? Sources correctly identified? Statistics up to date?
- How about mixed metaphors?
- Are keywords incorporated naturally?
- Are links up to date and unbroken?
- What’s the grade reading level of the piece? Is that appropriate for the audience?
- And much more
If you’ve never worked with a copyeditor before, you might be wondering if I’m the right one for your project.
How about this: Send me three pages of your manuscript for a free-of-charge review. Just attach the pages to an email to email@example.com. I’ll be honest and thorough. Then we’ll discuss whether we want to work together.
Here’s a quick summary of my background:
- 30+ book manuscripts edited, to date
- Circle of Success member of American Writers & Artists Institute (AWAI) [3 earned certificates below]
- Owner of Jean Gilbertson, Writer
- “Everyday Spirituality” blog posts at jeangilbertson.com (12 years)
- Master’s degree in spirituality, School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University
- PR and Publications Manager for nonprofit think tank (13 years)
- Vice President, Writer/Editor for Seattle-based PR and advertising firm (8 years)
- High school English teacher (4 years)
- Author of the novel Dancing on the Whisper of God
See how much better you can connect with your readers.