Editors have a tougher job than many are given credit for. While they may not always be writing the content, making it “print perfect” (even in a digital world) involves a few steps that bring it to the next level. These are our tips to editing content to be its best.
An editor’s job is to keep the style of writing aligned with the message, perceived audience, and many times the author. Styles range depending on the topic and mostly audience, so keeping them as a coherent text is most important for the finished product.
Convey Your Message
Probably the most important part of writing and editing is to make sure the message is clear and easily understood. Whether it’s for a local newspaper’s audience or a women’s lifestyle blog, whatever the text is about, the editor should be sure that the readers will take away the main point of the story. Sometimes editors do more heavy lifting when it involves a manuscript for a book and helping piece the author’s whole story together.
Accident Free Zone
When creating content for any publication, business website, or book, lots of research is necessary to put out a story or research that people will read. With this research, many quotes are put in the new content as supporting information. Many times there is an accusation of plagiarism, it was done accidentally. Someone meant to create a citation, reference, quote, etc but were interrupted by one of the many other tasks that needed to get done. As a safety precaution, before publishing anything with text, it’s vital that a plagiarism scan is run as a final check. Copyleaks is able to provide results with any similar text matches that have been found in the written content.
Before you hit publish, be sure you have followed the above steps to create the best writing you and your team can produce.