About 90 percent of good writing is in the edit. Even the best novelists write several drafts before they even submit a manuscript to a publisher – who edits it again. Newspaper articles are edited several times over by several different people before they make it onto the printed page.
And yet, many people simply dash off a document and send it on its way. And I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen errors on signs for businesses, signs that must have cost a fortune to produce.
Editing something doesn’t just mean that you fix any grammar, spelling or punctuation marks. It improves the writing in a number of ways by ensuring the meaning is accurate and the article flows naturally. That it makes sense and is sensible. And it’s a relatively small step that reaps great results when the end product becomes something that is effective.
I’ve edited magazine articles, Master’s and PhD theses, novels, non-fiction books – all kinds of things, so chances are, I can help to improve whatever document you’ve been working on.
I’m also a really pernickety and pedantic proofreader – which is precisely the kind of proofreader you need, trust me. (Clearly I also have a problem with alliteration…)
If you’re not sure about the difference between editing and proofreading, here’s something I wrote to explain.
And if you need help with some quality control, please be in touch for a quote.
I am an author, journalist and editor – a writer-at-large, if you will – based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
For many years my official title has been ‘health journalist’, but I have written many feature articles for newspapers and magazines on a variety of topics, with health really being a special interest.
One of the best ways to learn to write well is through one-on-one coaching. Bring me that document you’re struggling with, and we’ll write it together.
I’ve developed a number of business writing modules for a local writing school, Allaboutwriting, because – like so many consumers – I’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty diabolical business communication.
I’d love to talk to you if you’re interested in working with me. Drop me an email and I’ll come back to you as soon as I possibly can:
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Who should do the course? Anyone who wants to improve the quality and efficacy of their business communication.
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