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Why an editor might just save your ass!
Everyone knows first impressions count. As do second, third and fourth impressions.
Do you baulk at spending money on hiring a copywriter, editor or proofreader? Many businesses do. It’s understandable – ‘editing expenses’ are hardly a priority when there are so many other important demands on our budget.
The following is an amusing article written by David Cohen*. It’s a tongue in cheek look at what can happen when an editor notices a typo on public signage, which is an occupational hazard for most editors and proofreaders - or anyone with a sharp eye for typos for that matter. Enjoy!
I have lived in Australia more than half my life, but my dinky-di Aussie offspring roll their eyes whenever I pronounce words the Pommie way, such as words ending in ‘ance’ with a long ‘a’ - darnce, Frarnce and so forth. I say yoghurt rather than yowghurt, and vitamins, not vytamins. Gumboots are wellies, and a raincoat is a mac. I have adopted some Aussie sayings, for example, ‘no worries’ - although I will never, ever say youse!
Once you’ve found your perfect editor, it's important to do some ‘housekeeping’ to ensure your writing is editor-ready.
There’s a saying: ‘Happy wife, happy life’ [source unknown and probably unreliable anyway]. The same could apply to your editor: ‘Happy editor, happy writer’ . . . Okay, that doesn’t rhyme, but you get the idea.
If you’re self-employed, how do you fit 40-plus BILLABLE hours into your week?
Years ago, I worked as an employee for various large organisations. Commuting, working Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 (okay, often longer but it was ‘overtime’), a few weeks off per year for holidays, was my normal life for almost two decades. Then at 35, I had my first child. I loved the job I had at the time and had every intention of returning to work, but as soon as I laid eyes on our precious son, priorities changed.