Fiction & Business Editing:
Enhance your work with a fresh set of eyes.
No blanket statements “This is crap.”
Clarify message, speak to right audience
Editing services include:
- Web Page Copy – Home, About, Contact, Blog articles, Service offerings
- Corporate Reports and Docs (examples include Asbestos Management Plan and Corporate Profiles)
Every writer and business person fears being told that their work is terrible, whether working on tailoring a template for your organisation or a group poems for submission to an international contest. In all cases, it is best to remember the mantra that all writing is in the editing. All work has potential – and sometimes that takes more drafts than others.
Some people falsely believe editing means correcting spelling and grammar. Although that can play a part, a good website or piece of content will shine EVEN IF there is a typo or grammar mistake. Grammar nazis take a breath – of course, it is important to correct grammar and spelling as it can leave an unfavourable impression about the quality of workmanship however the real test of a “good” piece of writing is how effectively it communicates a message its intended audience.
The real mark of a “good” piece of writing is how effectively it communicates a message to its intended audience.
The GIRLS Editing Method that makes everyone feel great
There is a well known critiquing method known as “the shit sandwich”. This type of sandwich is made up of something awful coated between two slices of sweet bread, awful being the critical part of the feedback, the bread representing some nice comments.
I have modified the Shit Sandwich to something more specific for editing and created my own style: GIRLS. GIRLS consists of gems, icebergs, rings, lab, and show.
- Dig for gold nuggets. What is working? What is great or good? What potential is there?
- What is sinking this piece? What needs to be taken out or is obscuring meaning? What is in the wrong place or needs rewording?
- A proposal – try this viewpoint, angle or way of expressing. You will receive red marks on Word Track Changes or Google Docs or paper printing. Rings are also a reminder to consider how the writing engages your audience.
- Let’s experiment moving pieces around, the structure and layout and any sources to check if correct.
- This could mean show the writer the changes and suggestions, or if accepeted and down, prepare for public showing.
Want to work together?
Want to work together?
- simple check, read through, fast turnaround
- small collection of writing – 3 blog posts, a website
- full ebook (depending on size, level of work required)
Not sure if we’re a good fit? No worries, try me out first.