Whether you struggle to put your thoughts into written words on a daily basis, or you have a Master’s degree in English Language Arts, you probably need help from a professional proofreader. Sometimes we can make common spelling or grammar mistakes, other times we may be redundant without even realizing it. Although many skilled writers feel that hiring a professional editor is a waste of money, it can never hurt to hire a proofreader. Below I’ll explain six of the major reasons why hiring an editor like me is an essential part of looking and sounding like a professional.
1. What keeps you engaged? As a blog writer, I know that it is important to keep your readers on your page. Have you ever found yourself leaving an article unread because you became disinterested, bored, or ran out of time? To put it simply, the article was too long. As an editor, I can help you figure out what is, and isn’t, important in your writing so that your readers finish reading your entire post.
What if you don’t write a blog, but still need help writing a paper for school or a college entrance essay? Even this kind of writing can run into trouble when it is too verbose. It’s important to keep your ideas clear and your writing concise, and a professional editor is just the person to help you with this.
2. Spelling and grammar errors can make your writing look unprofessional. Have you ever started to read an article and noticed that some simple words were spelled incorrectly? Or that the writer used the wrong kind of “there”? As an English teacher, these kinds of mistakes are like nails on a chalkboard. It distracts the reader and de-legitimizes your writing.
I was writing constantly back in college. This was not just because I was studying English; it was also because I was studying to become a teacher. Teaching programs involve tons and tons of writing, pretty much every day. I was embarrassed when my professor pointed out to me that I was spelling “principal” incorrectly, and I’m so grateful that she did. How could a future teacher not even know how to spell principal?
Even earlier, when I was applying for jobs in the world of fashion editing in New York City, I made a huge, life-altering error on my cover letter. I actually misspelled the name of the company to which I was applying! Not only did this make me seem ignorant, it probably barred me from ever getting a job in the company. On a more positive (and yet ironic) note, if I hadn’t made that mistake on my cover letter I may never have gone back to school to become an English teacher.
3. Professional proofreaders and editors are more reliable than family and friends, especially when you need an objective point of view. It’s great to share your creative writing with your loved ones, but at the end of the day, they’re going to try to be nice with their comments. They don’t want to hurt your feelings, and they don’t want you to be mad at them if they point out your errors. If you are paying someone to read your writing, you know they are going to do their job in providing you with constructive criticism so that you become a better writer..
A few years ago I was working on a young adult historical fiction novel. I shared it with my friends and family, and they, of course, they raved over it. It was great for my ego, but deep down I knew that I had to get objective feedback from a professional before I could even consider sending my writing to a publisher.
Thanks to a contest I entered, had an opportunity to send my writing to a professional editor and publisher of young adult fiction. He didn’t even finish reading my submission, because he told me everything I needed to know after reading the first page: the story was too slow moving for a young adult reader. What a great comment! Who in my group of friends would have told me that, or would have even known that it could be an issue? Sending your writing to a professional can save you time and frustration when you’re not quite sure how to fix your submission.
4. If you want to feel confident about your writing, a professional proofreader can boost that confidence. He or she can relieve the stress you may feel when you’re working on writing something important. You know that your ideas will be clear and concise and you will sound like you know what you are talking about.
A good friend of mine writes a blog about financial issues. When it comes to managing money, this guy really knows what he’s doing and he’s passionate about it. He has tons of experience and is easy to talk to. However, what he doesn’t have is a Master’s in English Language Arts. That’s where I come in: I can help him get his ideas across and boost his professional image by making sure he comes across as a true expert. If you own a business, a blog is a great way to engage new or existing customers, but you may not feel confident about your writing. An editor can help you express yourself without changing your ideas or the tone of your writing.
5. As a teacher and an editor, I see a lot of the same writing mistakes over and over again. Just because we are adults doesn’t mean that we suddenly become expert writers. In fact, our writing skills tend to decline over time if we don’t give them good exercise.
An editor can point out mistakes that you may be making over and over without even realizing it. This can help to improve your writing over time. Wouldn’t it be great to know what writing mistakes you unknowingly tend to make on a regular basis? A good proofreader or editor is essentially a good teacher, because he or she wants to make sure you know how to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. If you know that your writing is improving, this opens you up to writing more and more text with an increased confidence in your skills!
The decision to hire a professional proofreader, editor, or ghost writer is a personal one. Of course, we can always ask a loved one to look over our writing, but when you are paying a professional, you know that they are going to take the work seriously. A professional can take a creative idea that you’ve been toying with and turn it into a document that you’re proud of.
I’d be happy to help you with your next text-related venture. Do you have a resume or cover letter that needs a brush-up, or even a complete overhaul? Are you applying to colleges and need some help with essay ideas? Or have you already written your essay, and you need someone to give it some careful proofreading? Was there something that happened to you in your life, and you know it would make a great story or book if you could only get a professional writer to help you get your ideas across? I love a challenging project, and I also like getting to know new clients. Hire me for my editing and proofreading services, and I will assist you in finding your voice as a writer. I guarantee that your work will sound more authentic and appear more professional.
Contact me if you have a project with which you need some help, and I’d be happy to discuss it with you!