Having a keen eye to produce incredibly concise copies can make you an asset for any organization even if you do not work for any professional companies offering copyediting services. Since copyediting is extensively used chiefly in the advertisement industry, you can help your company better plan in hiring a copyediting services provider for your own marketing efforts, if you are an excellent editor.
In order to understand the quality of arevised work, you need to be better editor yourself. The following tips can help you become an expert in the field.
What you want to say: Even before you draft a rough copy, have a clear understanding on what you want to say and how you are going to say it. Having a lot of interesting data may not do the job if they are irrelevant. Once you have a blueprint of the copy, it is imperative that you read it. Read it loud so that you can hear what is written and analyze it instantly for any tweaks.
Know the language: Look out for common errors such as you’re instead your and their instead there etc. Make sure that such errors do not occur while you are diligently correcting a write-up. If some words confuse, use references and dictionaries—there are a lot of online references that you can find easily.
Spelling and punctuation: This is not only meant for people working in copyediting companies, but also for everyone who wants to write anything—letter, speech or a greeting. Spelling and punctuation have a terrible power to make the writer an imbecile, if he/she does not know what they are getting into. There are many famous books such as ‘eats, shoots and leaves’ emphasizing the importance of punctuation and is highly recommended for everyone.
Proofread: Proofreading can help you avoid a lot of mistakes easily. Proofreading can be frustrating and proofreading a text right after you read it can be of no use. Give sometime between writing and proofreading or proofread a hard copy than a digital one.
Brainstorm for third party: If you are writing something that is of high profile like a final project draft, bio-data or cover letters, make sure that you get a third party opinion and have someone else for proofreading. It can be really effective.
While these tips may seem simple, ignoring any of it can be dangerous. Understanding them can help you choose the best professional copyediting services provider from a pool of companies for sure.