When you finally finish writing a blog post, checking it for errors is the last thing you want to do — and that’s probably a good thing. No matter how many times you read your own writing, it’s not going to reach its full potential when you’re the only one critiquing. If you want to get the best results from the content you write, you need to find a talented editor.
Before we talk about choosing an editor, let’s set a few things straight. Many people use the terms “proofreading” and “editing” interchangeably, but they’re unique skill sets.
A proofreader focuses on spelling errors, grammatical errors (check out these essential grammar rules for communicating efficiently), punctuation, and typos. They also check for incorrect use of regional language and style consistency (copyediting).
While a good editor corrects any obvious errors, their main focus is the overall quality of your writing. An editor reviews and changes your text with the goal of improving structure and flow. They focus on removing ambiguity and have the freedom to rewrite entire sentences and paragraphs.
While a good editor corrects any obvious errors, their main focus is the overall quality of your writing.
An editor also makes sure your voice and intent is prominent in your writing. This is especially important for businesses hoping to build credibility and instill confidence through their content.
When it comes to producing great content, spelling, grammar, and structure matter. A blog post or newsletter full of typos reflects badly on you and your organization. Case in point:
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Alternatively, clean content shows a high level of knowledge and an attention to detail – two things consumers look for. Most of us can’t create powerful content on our own, though. We need a good editor behind the scenes to bring out our strongest writing and help us look our best.
The best writing—like the best parts of life, perhaps—is collaborative. –Ann Handley
Ann Handley of MarketingProfs and best selling book, Everybody Writes, says, “A good editor teases the best out of so-called writers and non-writers alike. The best writing—like the best parts of life, perhaps—is collaborative.” If you want to put your best foot forward with your writing, you’re foolish to try to do it alone.
Again, your “editor” shouldn’t just glance over your work, correcting typos or misspellings. A true editor brings so much more to the table. These are some of the qualities we expect from editors for our clients’ work:
A talented editor is essentially a mind reader, turning what you wrote into what you meant to convey. And when they do a good job, your clients are the ones receiving the most value because they’re able to see the real you.
What are your favorite qualities in an editor?
Joel Widmer is the Founder & CEO of Fluxe Digital Marketing—a content marketing shop that helps smart businesses create, produce and promote their content through a unique one-on-one interview process. When he’s not working, Joel can be found trying new restaurants with his wife, son, and daughter.