Let’s have no unnecessary words lying around anywhere in the known universe. Think about it. What do unnecessary words communicate? Nothing, because the reader trips over them while looking for content that captivates them. In mere seconds, they stop reading and look somewhere else for solutions to their problems.
Good editors not only shape content for consistency and grammar, they shape writers by bringing out the best in them. Make your life easier by using the following tips when hiring any editor.
The writer-editor relationship is crucial to producing content that sizzles.
- Talk to a potential editor to get a sense of their friendliness and flexibility.
- Ask the editor how they would work with a difficult writer.
(The answer to this question can tell you a lot about an editor.)
- Ask for samples of work.
- You can even ask a potential editor to edit a few pages of your content.
(Some editors are fine doing this and some feel their portfolio speaks for itself.)
- Don’t just look for corrections to grammar and spelling (copyediting).
- Look for improvements to the overall structure of the content.
- Read the queries the editor sends back to you.
Queries can tell you how quickly an editor is understanding where the writing needs to go, how they will shape the work for consistency and style, and how they communicate with writers.
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