Why should you use a professional editor or proofreader?

I’ve been thinking, and I’d like to expand upon why I think you should work with me, or someone like me. Unless you’re writing for fun, you’re writing for a purpose, and you’ll probably want your writing to be read. If you want your writing to be read and appriecated or well reviewed, then it needs to be at a very high standard. If people are paying to read your writing then there should not be mistakes. Errors and inconsistencies in writing are embarassing, will cause people to stop reading and can be costly. Any writer wanting readers and success should consider using a professional editor or proofreader.

Think of it this way. There are probably countless numbers of people writing at this very moment, all wanting you to read their writing, all wanting to gain success. Yes, sometimes writing can be purely for you, or purely for the fun of it, but sometimes you want to do more with what you put your heart and soul into. If you want to be successful, then alongside other things you need writing that is well structured, with correct use of grammar, excellent spelling and punctuation. This is where my job comes in!

I believe the most important reason for hiring me, or someone like me, is that you’ll find someone who loves reading and the writing process. Someone who is passionate about your writing and making it the best it can be. I know how much time and effort is put into writing, and how important it can be to you that people enjoy what you bring to the literary world, and I want to help. You’ll have someone who can reassure you that your work is worthwhile, and ensure that it’s polished and perfected, boosting it upwards. I think it’s really important that we build each other up, and although a big part of my job is critequing and making suggestions, the main thing I aim to achieve is making you happy with your writing.

Don’t get me wrong, I realise that using editors and proofreaders won’t always be at the top of your list, and for most, paying the bills and providing for you and your family has to come first – I’m in the same boat! But, if you are serious about your writing, and serious about wanting to be successful, then you seriously need to think about putting money aside or saving for a proofreader or editor. It might cost you now, but if it makes you a profit in the end or helps you achieve your goals then it’ll be worth if. If you chose not to, and your writing has errors and you make less as a result, or don’t get the response you aimed for, then maybe next time you’ll decide to do things a little differently.

Some people make the decision to look over their own work, searching through it with a fine tooth comb. They might use a free website to support them, or family and friends. You might think this is the more obvious and better route to use because it doesn’t cost you but you’re not guarenteed that any of those sources are going to be right, and usually something will always be missed. You could be making errors you don’t even know exist. This is where someone like me comes in. I put money of my own into becoming certified with no guarantee that I would succeed in this feild, and I spend lots of time making it my job to learn more about the English language, so that you don’t have to worry. I’m only human, so I can’t guarentee you utter perfection 100% of the time, but you can be 100% sure that I’ll do my best to give you perfection.

Using someone certified will take up less of your time, and takes some of the burden off your shoulders. If you were to edit or proofread your own work, it could take twice as long to do compared using a professional. By using a professional, you’ll give yourself more time to dedicate on other projects or work, or literally anything else you might want to do! Because it’s my job, and a learned skill, chances are that I’ll be able to confidently complete the work in a much more timely mannar, and again, at a super-high standard.

How long have you spent writing? Days, weeks, months, even years? How many times have you reread what you’ve written? I’m guessing many times, especially if you want it to be just right. It can be difficult after doing this to actually critique and edit your own work. You don’t want to pick apart the words you’ve spent time on creating. The words are etched into your mind so you miss things. Having a fresh and objective pair of eyes to do this for you can really help.

I hope that what I’ve written has helped you understand a little more about the importance of hiring a professional editor or proofreader, and that you consider me for anything you might need. As I have said on my homepage, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, big or small! I’d love to help you. Just to finish things off, below is a picture of me loving life, like you could be if you want to work with me on your writing! Hope it makes you smile either way 🙂

Published by Amy Ollerton

Hi! I'm Amy—a professional copy editor and proofreader living in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. I provide friendly, personalised services that boost writing while retaining the author's unique style and voice. I write a little myself, shown through my blog. Alongside my work, I read books, enjoy baking, and explore the Highlands with my partner and my dog, Lula. If you've ever any editing queries, feel free to get in touch!

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