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river birch Proofreading
and editing

Welcome to

River Birch Proofreading
and Editing

Congratulations!

You’ve written a great ad, website, or brochure and you’re super proud of it. You should be – it takes a lot of work to wrestle words from your brain and put them onto paper (or screen). You’ve read it over dozens of times. You think you’re ready to move forward…

But wait a minute. Are you sure everything is correct? You need a set of fresh eyes — unfamiliar with your piece — to help make sure everything is spelled and punctuated correctly, and your sentences and paragraphs are cohesive and complete.

Congratulations!

You’ve written a great ad, website, or brochure and you’re super proud of it. You should be – it takes a lot of work to wrestle words from your brain and put them onto paper (or screen). You’ve read it over dozens of times. You think you’re ready to move forward…

But wait a minute. Are you sure everything is correct? You need a set of fresh eyes — unfamiliar with your piece — to help make sure everything is spelled and punctuated correctly, and your sentences and paragraphs are cohesive and complete.

Why Do I need a Proofreader?

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Remember, Mistakes Can Cost You. A Lot.

Ultimately, publishing an unpolished piece of writing that has any errors in spelling, grammar, usage, consistency, or accuracy could cost you or your business. Clients and potential customers are forming perceptions about you the minute they begin reading. Hiring a proofreader will help you publish materials that will leave a positive impression on your reader.

 

Maybe I Need an Editor. What’s the Difference?

If you are publishing a longer document, say a book, an instruction manual, or an annual report, you may need an editor. In addition to grammar, spelling, and formatting, editors will check the internal consistency of your document and fact check if necessary.
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Appropriate Language Is Important.

Editors check to ensure that your writing is free from offensive language that may be racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory. You don’t want to be sued after you publish your writing, and editors will help guide you if they find any areas that could be deemed problematic.

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Even the Best Writers Have Editors.

Working with an editor is one way you can become a better writer. Editors will notice when you overuse certain words or phrases and can provide clarity on confusing grammar rules or particular style elements.

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With Spell-check, Who Needs a Proofreader?

The spell-check is a great invention but hardly foolproof. It’s always a good idea to let someone with an objective viewpoint look over your work. Take that extra step and make sure your writing is free of errors. Come for the grammar – stay for the added polish that will keep your text clear, mistake-free, and effective.

Style Guides and Dictionaries.

I recommend The Associated Press Stylebook for most marketing materials and The Chicago Manual of Style for longer works such as books. I will also work with your house style guide. Unless otherwise discussed, I use the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Google for reference.
“To write is human. To edit is divine.”
– Stephen King

“To write is human. To edit is divine.”
– Stephen King

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