Why Editing?

Achieving effective, clear and elegant writing

Some people still want to use the language well. They want to write effectively; they want to speak effectively.

 

They want their language to be graceful at times and powerful at times…

They want good grammar, but they want more...
they want to use language deftly so that it's fit for their purposes.
 

Bryan A. Garner

Why Use an Editor? 

Your professional credibility increases through skillful communication.

Even if you are a good writer a professional editor will help perfect your writing. An editor works with you, while retaining your original meaning, voice and style.

An editor examines all writing and graphics from the readers' point of view, catching problems that you may overlook.
Also, an editor knows publishing standards and methods that you might not know, such as the following:
 
Q. How should I refer to myself in a  paper? I have been told not to use “I” and to  refer to myself as “this author.” But I have also been told that using “I” is more correct.
 

A. According to The Chicago Manual of Style guidelines, “Avoiding the first person used to be considered proper, but now it’s considered very formal, if not old-fashioned…both styles are correct.

Technical and specialist experts have additional problems in writing: see problems for technical experts.


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Max Perkins 

Admired as the editor for several major writers ---  including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe ---  Maxwell Perkins demonstrates the value of a good editor to even the best of writers.


Maxwell Perkins was unknown to the general public, but to people in the world of books he was a major figure, a kind of hero.  For he was the consummate editor.

---A. Scott Berg, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius