Editing and Proofreading

 

Spell Checker Blues ~ Ay Nun Amos

Eye halve a spelling chequer, it came with my pea sea.

It plainly marques four my revue miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word and weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write - it shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid it nose bee fore two long,

And eye can put the error rite - its rarely ever wrong.

Sow, eye have run this poem threw it;

I am shore your pleased two no

Its letter perfect in it's weigh - my chequer tolled me sew.

 

Did you catch all 41 spelling errors? (Click here to see the correctly-spelled poem.)

It's a cute poem, and may be a little extreme in its example, but it illustrates a serious issue that could adversely affect your organization when it comes to projecting a professional image with your written communications.

You just can't rely solely on your spellchecker!

Most spellcheckers will catch typographical errors and misspelled words. But a spellchecker cannot identify when a real word is used incorrectly or in the wrong context, nor can it tell when poorly placed punctuation distorts the meaning of a sentence or makes it confusing. Can you?

 Who does the writing for your organization?

Are you sure you're putting your best image forward with your written communications?

There's more to effective writing than just putting a subject, verb, and predicate into a sentence. Effective business communications need:

      correct structure;

      good rhythm and flow of words;

      logical progression of information;

      correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

There is nothing that will sabotage a business communication faster than misspelled words, bad punctuation, and clumsy structure. And there's nothing worse or more embarrassing than to have those kinds of errors in your business communications pointed out to you by a customer!

Poor writing projects an unprofessional image of your organization. Your potential customers or partners may conclude that if your written communications contain sloppy spelling or grammar, the way you do business may be sloppy, too!

You can feel confident that WordCrafters has the skills, training, and experience to ensure your business communications are written well and do what they are meant to do: convey your message in a professional manner.

 

Editing (also called Copyediting)

WordCrafters can review your materials and make constructive suggestions as to structure, syntax, word choice, format, voice, content, punctuation, etc. to help you improve and clarify the message you wish to communicate. 

 Proofreading

WordCrafters can review your materials and note corrections for grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling, agreement, etc.

 

What can WordCrafters do for you, your company, or your organization to get your message across effectively, professionally, and at a reasonable cost?

 

Contact us for all your business communications needs, or for samples of our work.

See Doing Business With WordCrafters regarding guidelines for submitting samples when requesting quotations.



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A final note: A document that has been thoroughly proofread and corrected is not necessarily a well-written one. No amount of screening for errors will make a poorly written work completely professional. So, if you choose to submit your written materials to WordCrafters for just proofreading, please send your best work. If you need help with the writing part, we will be glad to provide those services, as well.