Re: Self-editing

Subject: Re: Self-editing
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:18:09 -0700

Hi Richard,

Years ago I published a monthly newsletter, which we sent around to as many
volunteer proofreaders as we could muster. Some were more useful than
others, but it was always surprising to discover that I'd missed something
during my own self-check. One can never have too many eyes on any given
piece, especially if it's client-facing.

Today I'm the editor through which client-facing materials are routed from
over half a dozen freelancers. I commend my client for doing this, as the
initial writing quality is only OK, and I'm given carte blanche to
wordsmith it (along with the usual spelling/grammatical corrections. My
input also puts a single voice to the disparate input.

Knowing that I'm increasingly fallible as I get older, I check most
everything twiceâincluding my email responses. For longer pieces, of
course, giving a read *out loud* has always been a great way to catch real
and potential problems.

> Chris

On Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM, Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
wrote:

> I'm writing an article about editing, and I'm curious about what the folks
> on this list think about the state of editing in the corporate world today.
>
> I'm interested in any thoughts you have, but in particular, I have two
> questions:
>
> 1) Is your work edited by a dedicated editor?
>
> 2) If not, what strategies do you use to either peer-edit or self-edit
> your work?
>
> Best regards,
> Richard Hamilton
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