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 pedeantic proofreader – which is precisely the kind of proofreader you need, trust me. (Clearly I also have a problem with alliteration…)