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Need Help Getting It Right?

English can be tricky.

I’m sure you’ve noticed.

Sooner or later we all have to write something. And we’ve all had moments when it is crucial to get English perfect—and discover, too late, it was not perfect.

It’s humiliating enough to read a memo or post you wrote yesterday and finally realize how that certain word should have been spelled. Sure, anyone can tell what you meant to say, but look at it!

It could have been worse.

It could have been a term paper, or a resume, or the manuscript you finally found the nerve to submit for publication.

How wrong is it to expect everyone on earth to be as good at editing as an editor?

Wrong.

I am an editor.

I often read for pleasure with a pencil in hand, since it’s more pleasurable for me if typos are made right. Same goes for grammar and spelling.

I see things others do not see. Because the things are there to be seen but others cannot see them. Because English is tricky.

I appreciate when writing is done right; I enjoy making writing right for others, too.

I can help you get it right. That’s what editors are here for.

It actually goes beyond the rules for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mere typos, though. Sorry.

Writing done right goes all the way to choosing the best style for your topic, the best vocabulary for your intended audience, even including the instinct for when to break a work into paragraphs, and more.

And let me let you in on a secret:

I ask an editor friend to look over my work, too, because that is the only good way to catch a mistake: ask an editor to read it.

So, ask me.

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