As a writer of content (and we all are in this technology age) you might believe that actually finishing your content is the most important aspect of writing. It’s a relief. It’s a job well done. But it’s not the most important part.
Ensuring your copy is accurate and error free before it’s published is actually the most important step in the publishing process.
Let’s face it, at one time or another we are going to write copy at some stage of our career. Maybe it’s a resume to get that much dreamed of job or a LinkedIn summary enhanced specifically to get our online profile noticed.
Alternatively, we may find ourselves being a writer of short stories, information texts, opinion pieces, blog articles, email campaigns, newsletters, tweets, essays or assignments – the list really does go on.
Regardless of our genre or our intent, there are more than likely two commonalities amongst all of us writers – we are either time or money poor. It is usually at the stage where a writer is potentially both these things that they stumble upon the realisation that continuing in the publication process could be a little futile.
Why? Well because when a writer finishes that illusive piece they may feel that it is ready for publication – when in fact, it really isn’t. This is just the start in the publication process.
Everyone makes mistakes and it’s especially hard to see those in our own writing. Things such as typing or spelling mistakes, inappropriate wordings or sentence structures might get unnoticed by you and may result in a negative outcome for you as the writer. If you’re a business owner, these simple errors may discourage your clients from using your services. If you’re a student, well we all know full well that errors could impact your scores or results. As a professional writer, you don’t want your novel or short story to be received well at the story level but heavily criticized at the word level.
Consider these benefits of using a professional copy editor to review your work:
#1: A professional copy editor will proofread your text and also provide an outsider’s perspective and expertise.
In this technology age where the virtual assistant industry is booming, you might find working with a virtual copy editor or writer the perfect solution for you. They can bring their expertise to your niche all while working from their own home office. You do not need to contact a publisher’s house or rely on your family or friends to review your content. A professional copy editor who provides their services virtually can proofread and track edits to your assignment, journal article, ebook or newsletter campaign to ensure that it is error free.
#2: A copy editor doesn’t usually have an emotional attachment, so they can provide a fresh pair of eyes over your own text.
They are often more efficient at expressing a single message and won’t get lost in lengthy or complicated sentences. Instead, they’ll focus on making your text as powerful and straight-to-the point as possible. They can bring a sharp perspective and analyze every line, word or phrase within the text to ensure its conciseness, clarity and good flow.
# 3: A copy editor saves you time.
If you’re a blogger or a business investing in traffic to your website, then you will know that regular posting is essential to maintain interest and traffic, but there are some periods when we simply can’t be bothered with writing. A professional copy editor can post during the holidays or while you’re on vacation and make sure that all your content is well-written, engaging and appealing to your readers.
Since they’ll act as your professional proofreader, it also frees you to focus on your own writing – you don’t have to worry about reading your piece over and over to ensure flow and clarity.
Save time. Work with a copy editor
So, instead of undertaking all your editing (or even, writing) yourself, trust the services of a professional copy editor. It’s easy, efficient and will save you precious time and lots of headaches.
How much does a copy editor charge?
Well this will depend on a couple of things: the number of words your piece is and the state of your copy when you submit it for editing. Here are some ways you can prepare your content to save you money during the copy editing stage.
Over to you…
Do you have a professional copy editor that you use to help finalise your content? If so, how did you find them? If not, why not?