Hiring a copy editor: what to focus on to make a better decision.

I’m well aware that there are many copy editors out there. All offering their specialties, expert knowledge, and passion for writing in its many forms. What should you consider when you decide that it’s time to start hiring a copy editor? Understanding of your goals and aims. When you hire a copy editor, you wantContinue reading “Hiring a copy editor: what to focus on to make a better decision.”

Grammar checkers: how much faith should you place?

Before I really get into depth, I want to say a few things about grammar checkers. Firstly, I utilise them for every piece of writing I publish. Whenever I complete a copy edit for a client, I’ll use them as a final check. I like using them and believe that they are really good forContinue reading “Grammar checkers: how much faith should you place?”

Editing steps to focus on for better writing

If you want to ensure your writing is high quality, you’ll need a decent editing process. Editing takes your drafts and fine-tunes them, working to bring out the very best, and improve the mediocre. Here are four editing steps I focus on when copy editing to achieve higher quality writing. If you need more freeContinue reading “Editing steps to focus on for better writing”

Can editors provide you with perfection?

I could make this post super easy and short for you. No. No, editors of all types cannot promise you perfection. Any editor that does is lying.  But, let’s delve deeper. Any person’s writing is flawed by default. That’s the privilege we have of being unique individuals with individual thoughts, experiences, and passions. We mustContinue reading “Can editors provide you with perfection?”

Self-editing: defeating commonly-faced worries!

When you work as an editor, you become comfortable with the process. You develop the skills, knowledge, and assurance you need to excel and do a high-quality job for your clients. But, you never entirely forget the worries that you had when you first started. These are worries I now know are common to experienceContinue reading “Self-editing: defeating commonly-faced worries!”

Enabling trust

Trust is such an essential part of any job. Trust with your co-workers, your boss, your clients, etc. Personally, the trust that’s essential for me is client trust. Within my profession (copy editing and proofreading), I take on clients and provide them with a service. They’re the people who bring my income and work level.Continue reading “Enabling trust”

The importance of continuous learning.

Within our everyday lives, we never stop learning. I often find myself saying: “You learn something new every day.” It applies to all areas of life: from the random little facts that only ever pop up in pub quizzes, to details about my partner or a friend, or even a handy new way of choppingContinue reading “The importance of continuous learning.”

A professional editors advice for writers before sending manuscripts.

As a copy editor, I know my role. I know what I need to look for within a manuscript, and my grasp over the English language is excellent enough to efficiently locate errors and inconsistencies. It’s my job, and I adore it. But, I always think that the process I go through with a writerContinue reading “A professional editors advice for writers before sending manuscripts.”

Staying Positive in the Face of Doubt

Get a nice drink and a snack, sit down, learn a little more about gaining a postive mindset, start being proud of yourself and remember that you.are.enough. More than enough in fact! This might do you the world of good whenever those doubts creep in. I am a natural worrier and an extremely sensitive person.Continue reading “Staying Positive in the Face of Doubt”

The steps I took to find proofreading and copy-editing.

I thought for my first blog post that it would be a good idea to write about my journey, and the steps I’ve taken to get myself in a great position with proofreading and copy-editing. Since 2014, I’ve worked as a teaching assistant, and I still do to help pay those all-important bills! I neverContinue reading “The steps I took to find proofreading and copy-editing.”