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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