Why Hiring a Copy Editor is a Good Idea

Hiring a copy editor can save you time and money

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The image of an old man hunched over reams of paper, red pen in hand, squinting through smudged glasses may be what you think of when you hear the term “copy editor.” This image comes from the days when publishing houses controlled the flow of writing from artist to audience. As technologies have continued to develop, that type of publishing has changed, but the importance of hiring a copy editor remains.

What is a copy editor?

Copy editors who revise content written in English must have a strong grasp of the English language. They can turn a rough draft full of spelling, grammar, linguistic, and style errors into a piece of writing ready for print. They often have degrees in English and must love reading and writing in order to be truly successful. They work with the author to improve the original draft, reshaping and trimming the rough work into a piece ready to be published.

Most publishing houses and magazines outsource their copy editing. Increasingly, authors who are unable to get a publishing contract decide to self-publish, hiring freelancers to do their editing and production. Many copy editors work from home, where they freelance for publishing houses or independent publishers.

Why should you hire a copy editor?

Although most good writers know they have to revise and reread their writing once they’ve completed a rough draft, it’s nearly impossible for them to catch every mistake. Their minds will often read what they think they wrote instead of what is actually on the paper. A stranger will always be more efficient because he or she does not have any emotional attachment to the work.

Our copy editors are professionals who know exactly what slip-ups and mistakes to look for. Because they have not seen your document before, they can bring a fresh, sharp perspective to analyze each and every word, line, and phrase. Our professional copy editors will catch your mistakes and other problems you may have missed, and can also analyze your text as a whole for conciseness, clarity, flow, and style.

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