Why it's important to have an Editor review your material.

Why it's important to have an Editor review your material.

Some believe an Editor’s only job is to catch misspellings and poor punctuation. That's only a small part of an Editor's role. The job of an Editor is to ensure the material is clear, correct, concise, complete, and consistent (The 5 C's of writing). An Editor will make sure the content has a good flow to it and is enjoyable to read.

Here are a few of the most common mistakes writers make.
  • Misspelled words
  • Poor punctuation
  • Misused words
  • Run-on sentences
  • Redundancy (repeating the same idea or message)
  • Word Echoing (excessive repeating of words to close to each other) 
  • Uncommon slang or abbreviations
  • Unclear Acronyms 
  • Timeline inaccuracies
  • Confusing location descriptions or directions
  • Weak paragraph transition
  • Wordiness and overuse of common words (i.e., very, really, like)
  • Compound word errors (i.e., never mind vs. nevermind)

A good Editor will detect and fix these problems and more while maintaining the original author's voice.

The next time you’re in need of an Editor, contact me - I can help!

Also, see my write up on the Different Levels of Editing Explained

John A. Huguley

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