Getting practical advice from an editor on your written work can mean the difference between making a good impression and failure. Editors make sure that your credibility is intact.
Editors can make your words count
Editors work on all kinds of written work, from manuscripts to magazines to newspapers to nameplates and online sites. Like bookworms, they wiggle reflexively in words. Some decide what to include, in what order and in what format. Others work on style and structure. And then there are the editors who do it all from rough script to final product.
Editors can help you save face.
Editors zoom in on content, tone and length. They correct errors in grammar, usage (Canadian/American), punctuation and spelling; and they help you meet your deadline.
There are many examples of losing face. One recent example happened in Canada at the unveiling of a prominent sculpture of two Fathers of Confederation worth over $100,000. One of the names on the plate describing the sculpture was spelled incorrectly. Both men were John Hamilton Gray, but one of the names was spelled “Grey.” An editor can help you get it right the first time round without costly errors.
Editors can help clarify your messages
If your message isn’t clear, you risk alienating your readers. An editor can cut through any uncertainty and clarify your words using reference sources, dictionaries and style guides.
Hiring an editor to check and upgrade your work is always worth the expense.