Here’s the bottom line: good writing is mostly good editing. It’s true in every case. There are plenty of examples that prove how detrimental one little typo can be to the bottom line. Stores, for example, have had to honor pricing mistakes, costing themselves hundreds, if not millions, in profits.
And don’t argue with me that, in our increasingly lax society, commas, periods, and correctly spelled words don’t matter. Because they do. In 2008 the national mint of Chile misspelled its own country name on 1.5 million coins! C-H-I-E, anyone?
Don’t label me a Grammar Grump. I didn’t write the rules on acceptable business communication. But I am glad standards still remain in business writing. (No, you may not use commas in place of periods, and no, there are no spaces between the last word of your sentence and your five exclamation points!!!!!)
When reviewing your content, here are things I’ll be looking for:
Identify grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typographical errors. I check for pronouns that don’t modify their nouns and verbs that don’t match their subjects. I’ll identify industry terms and lingo that your readers might not understand. I’ll tell you when you’ve the wrong word, or when you used it incorrectly. Bottom line: you get clean copy that doesn’t handicap the clarity of your message.
Proofreading PLUS a review of style, content errors, and facts. I identify jargon, dangling modifiers, repetitive words or phrases, and run-on sentences or paragraphs. I ensure clarity of thought and messaging, and consistent formatting. Bottom line: you get copy that clearly and effectively shares your story. Whether fiction or non-fiction.
I’m happy to proofread or edit your sales and marketing pieces, ebooks, non-fiction books, fiction books, ad copy, or just about any other pieces you’ve written. I’m not here to remove your voice, I’m here to amplify it. If you have an editing budget, contact me. Feel free to peruse my Portfolio page.
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Sheri A. Bell is a writer, developmental editor, proofreader, and children’s author living in McKinney, Texas. You can check out her services and blog at Sheriabell.com. Get to know her a bit via this radio interview. She is the author of You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? (40,000 copies sold), Great World War II Projects You can Build Yourself, and Sanctuary Rises. Have you purchased your copies yet? 😉