As an editor, I provide a variety of services, ranging from copyediting to proofreading, depending on what you, the writer, want to accomplish. And as both an editor and a writer myself, I find the best starting point can be to hash out the following issues:
• Who is your audience?
• What is your goal in targeting this audience?
• How are you feeling about the writing process itself? Are you working in fits and starts, or is it flowing?
• What specific aspects of writing are working for you and what aspects are you currently encountering challenges with?
• What do you envision when you think about how an editor could help?
That last point might seem a bit abstract or intangible, but as someone who has been a professional editor and writer for 20 years, I know a lot of people—including this writer, at times—can be wary of the dreaded red ink and, worse still, of someone else coming in and altering their vision. As an editor, my job is to help you illuminate your vision or goal. It’s not to be the grammar police, or the harsh critic; many writers are hard enough on themselves as it is, especially when they have hit a wall.
So, it’s helpful to take a step back and consider the answers to those questions. And that applies to everyone who writes, which is most everyone; we all need to communicate with one another in our work, be it through correspondence, memos, white papers, presentations, academic articles or lectures, business seminars, blogs, textbooks, lesson plans, etc.
And I believe we can all develop the ability to write clearly and effectively, an ability I, as your advocate, am looking to help you expand and strengthen.