Lawyers can make great editors.

After all, we’re trained to notice details: not only typos and spelling errors, but word choice (that or which?), inconsistencies (President and president), and factual errors (is that company name correct?). But we also spot issues, see alternatives, pay attention to facts, and organize complex material in a logical way. If we’re good, we can also put things simply, get rid of extraneous phrases or ideas, and make documents more interesting, easy to follow, and professional.

Light Touch EditingWhy Light Touch?
Because you’re the writer, not me, and my goal is to make you look good. Sometimes all that’s needed is light copy editing; at other times, medium copy editing or substantive editing may be appropriate. Even here, Light Touch applies: the suggestions are mine, but the choice to adopt them is yours. As one of my first clients told me years ago, “You’re too nice to be a lawyer!” Well, maybe, but not too nice to be an editor. I’m here to help, and I want the editing process to be as satisfying as possible so you can be justifiably proud of your final product.

Elaine M. Duncan, Freelance Editor

Elaine M. Duncan, Freelance Editor

You needn’t be writing a novel, book, or memoir for hiring an editor to be a good idea. Does your resume or small business website need updating? Are you writing a thesis, a grant proposal, a blog, or an article? Does your business or nonprofit need a style guide so that everyone refers to issues and personnel in the same professional manner?


Light Touch Editing

How important is your document and the impact you hope to have? Consider what these writers have to say about editors: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Better-Angels-of-Our/231763/

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