Editing and Grammar

Easy Content Upgrades for Your Website

Update: I added a note about the use of HTML tags to open new windows in one of the “bonus tips” below. A solid website is never complete because businesses change and grow, and visitors love fresh content. After auditing a client’s digital properties, I offer specific feedback as well as general tips like these. 1.…

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Critiques and Edits: Which Feedback Should I Trust?

A new author preparing to “workshop” part of her manuscript asked what I thought about the process. (She’s taking a class that offers feedback from fellow participants and an instructor after reading an excerpt.) Ah. My advice about advice? I live on both sides of this question: I’ve been edited by others – and edited…

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Why I Love Content Editing

An editor brings an “outsider’s eye,” an extra layer of objectivity, to each assignment. No one knows your business like you, and that knowledge is the lens you use each time you review messages you have written for people with different needs and less information. The brain is wired to create stories, adding and censoring information at-will, and our intentions…

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Court-Ready Writing

If your document winds up in a court of law, your grammar and spelling will silently testify about the quality of your work. Are you careful or careless? Does your writing display attention to detail or a rush to the finish line? A manager asked me to create and deliver a class for his team…

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That’s Deep: Developmental Editing

Hiring an editor is a lot like hiring someone to build a swimming pool in your backyard. Selecting the depth, size and shape of that pool is just one part of an ongoing discussion with a contractor ready to explain available options and bring your vision of a summer oasis to life. Copyediting can be light – focused on grammar and spelling, right/wrong, correct/incorrect…

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