Everyone needs an editor

14 Mar
poorpossession

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I am proud that people give me their writing with the expectation that I’ll improve its strength with my editing. Likewise, I still give other people MY writing.

Everyone needs an editor — even editors.

Of course, the buck stops at some point and the words go to press. Mistakes happen; doing everything humanly possible to prevent that is key.

So when I’m reading something — such as a nationally-accredited personal training manual — and it’s plagued with blatant grammatical and usage (e.g. their/there) errors, I am stunned. (Consider that readers are paying hundreds of dollars for said manual).

Totally preventable. Just lazy.

By contrast, when even the smallest amount of text — in a quick email or blog post or even a menu — is void of errors and actually has been proofed by someone versed enough to fix errors before the content is stamped “done,” I find myself lending MORE credibility to that sender/author/restaurant.

Seriously. If you take it personally (or have a smarmy person reviewing your work), an editor may, in fact, occasionally hurt your feelings. But wouldn’t YOU rather take the hit than your credibility?

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One Response to “Everyone needs an editor”

  1. universalskeptic August 11, 2009 at 12:36 am #

    I’m assuming that you are familiar with:
    http://www.apostropheabuse.com/
    http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/

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