Hope you had a great long weekend, I definitely did. Stayed in mostly to finish working on edits for a book on education and begin working on an article on education. Am I the only one seeing a theme here? I also begin this week on a new proofreading exercise for a client migrating content from an old site to a new one so that should take up most of my time. Its always nice to have new clients. There is hope!
Nope, not doing it, but I am helping a client edit and proofread their book on technical writing which is turning out to be quite the eye opener. It is a great effort, lots of information written in a clear and concise manner, very interestingly explained with images and graphs and such. My client has sure put in a lot of effort so I am hoping I can do a good job with the editing part of it. Have to deliver in about 2 days so I will sign off now and focus on that :)
Holiday lights, Atlanta Botanical Gardens
We are exactly 10 days away from New Year's and this is good time as any to take stock of what you have accomplished all year through, and where you want to go next year - personally, professionally, socially, financially, educationally, in every aspect of life that you hold dear to your progress.
If you are an individual or organization that needs help with anything communications-related: writing, reporting, editing, proofreading, then please feel free to get in touch with me for your project, and we can discus your needs and work together on finding a solution.
Happy Holidays! I am signing off for the next ten days to enjoy a wonderful holiday season with my family and friends. I wish you the same, and let's catch up in the New Year, especially now that we survived the not-so-end of the world!
I love what I do - editing, proofreading, writing...and I love it even more when my clients are happy with the work I do for them. I had someone contact me to edit a book a few weeks ago. Then nothing. Then they came back and I agreed to work on it. Two weeks later, and my editing skills added to it, they were not only happy with the work, but paid me more than was agreed upon because they were really happy with my work, and now want to work with me on all their projects in the future. They were prompt with their payment, and they even gave me a shout out on social media. Its amazing word-of-mouth advertising for me. When you love what you do, and you do it well, not fabulously but just honestly and to the best of your abilities, then a moment like this can propel you for a few days. A high like this gives you motivation to go on and do what you love even more. My day have been awesome because my client liked my work and was kind enough to say good things to me and others about it. On that high note, I wish a lovely day for you as well.
Most folks don't think proofreaders are necessary. They don't even know what a proofreader does! People think that the proofreading part is covered somewhere between the writer and the editor but unfortunately that is almost always never the case. As a writer, editor and proofreader, I can speak from all perspectives. When I write an article, I am so involved in it that I could easily be 'seeing' words that are not even there. I can even make myself believe the words I read in a certain sentence make sense even though they are not in the right order for that phrase to read right. Not that I want to, but it is human nature. Some of you might remember a little posting that makes an appearance at least twice every year where the sentence has all letters jumbled in it yet the human eye reads and the human mind processes the sentence. See image for this post if you don't know what I am talking about. As an editor, I can tell you the same thing is bound to happen in the process of editing. I read an article so many times, checking on it for clarity and brevity and flow and content, that I completely do not pay attention to how a word is written, or whether there is a comma in the right place for that sentence to not be misinterpreted. And this is where a proofreader comes in. To ensure that what the writer and the editor overlook are caught and corrected before the article heads out to the presses. In the digital age we are lucky - we can go back and make a few corrections although if someone has already read the article in its original un-proofread version, then they already know your weaknesses. But God forbid what you wrote was for print! It will be out there in circulation in its hard copy published form for years...not nice. So please, before you send out anything on email, company letterhead, official announcements, articles to be published, book manuscripts, marketing collateral - it never hurts to have an additional pair of eyes review the piece. I cannot share who my corporate clients are and what work I do for them but this morning I averted a major disaster being the last pair of eyes to see a designed advertisement before it went to print. The original copy was not written by me and was typed out wrong, the design was reviewed by a handful of folks, and yet all they looked at was the design of the piece, and not the wording! They were close to submission deadlines and could have chosen to not have the piece proofread, in which case, knowing the publication that design would have made its way to, they would have been the laughing stock of the industry. Luckily they did send it to me, and I was able to look at the copy and make corrections to it. So thankfully, they know the importance of a proofreader and they are good about ensuring all the processes in a design project are implemented. Can you say the same about your work, your brand, your company?
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