Five good reasons to hire an editor

Publishers have long understood the need for editors’ services. But if your experience lies in another sector, you might be wondering whether you really need an editor. Here are five good reasons to hire one.

1. Editors are versatile.

Editors work on all kinds of communications projects, from personal resumés to corporate reports, from neighbourhood newsletters to best-selling books. Many editors are also researchers, writers, translators, graphic designers and desktoppers.

2. An editor can save you time.

Producing a clear and effective publication takes time. Finding the right words for your message isn’t easy. An editor will cut to the heart of the matter, save you time and help you meet your deadline.

3. An editor can save you money.

Revising and reissuing incorrect documents wastes precious resources. So does using a non-expert. An editor can help you get it right the first time, and within your budget.

4. An editor makes sure your message is clear.

If your communications aren’t clear, you risk confusing your readers: your customers, your co-workers, even your boss. Make an editor your first reader – before you release your material. Editors know how to cut through the confusion and make your message clear.

5. An editor helps you look good.

Your image is important. You want to put out the best communications possible and avoid embarrassing errors. An editor can help you find the right tone, choose the right words and make you look as professional and credible as you are.

The bottom line: An editor can make your life easier.

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