Yes, You Need an Editor (Pt. 1)!

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OK, now that I’ve introduced myself, we can get down to business. How do you know if you actually need to hire an editor? You’ve got a reasonably good grasp of your native language. You know how to string words together into sentences. You might have even passed your Advanced Placement English class with a solid B. You surely don’t need a busybody editor peering over your shoulder, ready to hack your work to pieces. Right? Well, hold on a minute before you decide that editors are a waste of time and money. See if you recognize yourself in any of the statements below.

It’s Perfect and Doesn’t Need Any Changes!

Oh, dear! If you’ve said this about your manuscript, you might be very surprised to know that’s often a red flag for me to go over everything even more carefully. It’s most often a sign that you’ve spent too much time so close to your work that your brain can no longer see the grammar, spelling, or wording errors.
The solution is a fresh pair of eyes, which is precisely why you need an editor. In essence, I am your test audience. I am seeing it for the first time, just as your readers will. Isn’t it better that I catch any mistakes before your readers see them? And maybe I can use my fresh eyes to really make your writing sparkle!

I Don’t Need to Explain Everything!

Whoops, this sounds like a case of expert syndrome! This happens when you assume that everyone who reads your paper has your specific depth of knowledge on the subject. Your paper ends up as a jumbled mess of jargon and abbreviations that makes little to no sense to most of your readers because they don’t have your level of expertise. It could be a very smart, insightful article, but it may be lost in the translation.

So what’s the cure for a case of expert syndrome? First, I will look for certain signs, such as abbreviations that are not spelled out, overly detailed explanations, and complicated or confusing figures or tables. Next, I will attempt to improve the wording and sentence structure so they will make more sense to readers. The end result will be a more “plain-language” paper that introduces your ideas to a wider audience in a more approachable way.

You Might Change the Science!

I hear this often from my STEM research clients, as I specialize in editing highly technical or scientific papers. You are concerned that I might accidentally change the technical or scientific implications of your work. Given that you have worked for years to get to this point in your research, your fears are completely understandable.
First, I am not a researcher. That’s not my job. Instead, my job is to enhance the presentation of your research by improving the spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. Second, I will send your manuscript back with the Track Changes feature turned on, so that you can see every change I have made. I will also make notations in places where I want to call your attention to particular wording changes so that you can confirm that I have not inadvertently altered the technical or scientific meaning. Bottom line: You will always have the last word on the actual science or technology presented in your paper!

If you find yourself wondering if you need to hire an editor, the answer will almost always be a very emphatic YES! My job is to make your research shine…and isn’t that what you want?

Next time: Yes, you need a writer/content creator!

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The Grrl Behind the Keyboard


Hi, and welcome to the new and improved home of That Word Grrl Editorial Services! If you landed here expecting to find my CV, it’s now here. Just mind the sawdust – things are still being shifted around somewhat. This homepage is now my blog, where I will discuss a variety of subjects, including why you need to hire a content creator, writer, or editor for your project (and why, of course, that person should be me). Obviously, any editor will tell you that you should hire them because they are fast and detail-oriented. That just comes with the job title. So, what sets me apart from all those other content creators, writers, and editors?

It’s Just between Us
My main selling point is my ability to be your secret weapon – the one that makes you look fabulous, without anybody ever needing to know that you hired me (unless you give a referral, which would be great, of course). You can simply take all the credit as if you had done all of the work yourself. In other words, it’s just between us.

B2C Web Content
Do you want to generate interest in your product or service with B2C web content? I can provide you with blog content, product descriptions, and social media postings that match the voice and tone you have established. You will then be free to concentrate on other areas of your business.

B2B Writing
Are you looking to expand your freelance B2B writing team? I can provide engaging, well-researched articles that provide your readers with solid information to help them build both their business and their knowledge of the industry. These well-crafted articles can help boost your readership, while you focus on advertising and marketing.

Academic and Scientific Editing
Do you have a scientific or academic manuscript you want to submit to a journal? Are you about to submit your master’s or PhD thesis? I can help you present a paper that is both concise and well-written. If English is not your first language, I specialize in improving your phrasing to make you appear to be fluent in English. Your manuscript will be much better received by top journals in your field if your manuscript is in standard written English! If you are working toward your master’s or PhD degree, you can be certain that your review committee will be far more favorably inclined if you submit a well-written thesis.

For Example…
Another editor sent me the second half of a 90,000-word white paper that she was unable to finish herself. The paper was from a Kenyan client who was not fluent in English. It was being submitted to a well-known NGO. It was accepted, and the satisfied client was pleasantly surprised to learn that their paper had two editors. I retained both the voice of the client and the consistency of my colleague’s edits.

An Extension of You
If I have done my job properly, your customers, clients, readers, editorial board, or review committee will never know that you have hired me. I match my editorial voice to your particular needs. In essence, I will be an extension of you. Your concepts. My writing and editing. It all adds up to better results for you. THAT’S what sets That Word Grrl Editorial Services apart from everyone else!


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