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”

Long-Term Copy Edit Benefits

A copy edit looks at all kinds of things, and will definitely go in-depth! A copy editor aims to provide edits and suggestions on a multitude of writing elements that will result in boosted writing. But what are the long-term effects of a copy edit? If we look beneath the grammatical, consistent surface, what isContinue reading “Long-Term Copy Edit Benefits”

The importance of consistency in writing

Ask any editor about their buzzwords, and I guarantee that consistency will be on the list. We luuuurve it! And you should too. My interpretation and definition of consistency is the parts of something working in harmony/agreement together. It’s staying the same, following the same processes, creating the same look. The opposite of consistency canContinue reading “The importance of consistency in 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!”

A copy editors thoughts and tips on following grammar ‘rules’.

As far back as I can remember, I learned to write in a certain way. English as a subject within school set out writing in a very regimented way and didn’t allow for interpretation, error, or the idea that we could stray from the rules. If we did, we wouldn’t get the grades we needed.Continue reading “A copy editors thoughts and tips on following grammar ‘rules’.”

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.”

How does a book stand out and become memorable? What can you do to help your writing stand out?

As you would probably hope from someone who loves to copy edit manuscripts, I’ve read A LOT of books. I couldn’t speculate a number. I’ve read for as long as I can remember, but I can’t recollect everything I’ve ever read. I find this pretty annoying, I’d love to be able to clearly recall allContinue reading “How does a book stand out and become memorable? What can you do to help your writing stand out?”