5 tips for engaging a corporate editor

Your document has been written with input from your team and feedback has been gained from your stakeholders, but you know it needs to be consistent in tone. Plus, you know there are bound to be spelling errors that have been missed.An open book with glasses sitting on top of a wooden table with a mobile phone in front.

This is where a corporate editor can assist you to make sure your document is error-free, spelling and grammar are correct, and your tone and use of terminology are consistent.

An editor can assist with a simple proofread through to a structural edit or rewrite. Just make sure you communicate what level of editing assistance you need, or discuss with your editor and see what their suggested level of editing is.

Below are 5 tips to consider when engaging a corporate/business editor.

  1. Make sure they are a professional member of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). This is the Australian industry association for editors (most countries have their own). To become a professional member you need to demonstrate editing experience and qualifications.
  2. Ask for referrals from colleagues or ask an editor for samples of reports/publications they have previously edited. Some editors will have their portfolio available on their website for you to view.
  3. Get a few quotes. But don’t base your decision purely on cost. Look at the skills and experience of each editor and work out who you think is the best fit for your project.
  4. Ensure they have experience editing your type of document. Some editors have broad experience in editing communication and marketing materials, annual reports, websites, and white papers. While some have a narrower scope, preferring to niche.
  5. Book in early. Don’t leave it until the last minute to book your edit in. Most editors book out weeks in advance, especially around annual report editing time. A good editor needs plenty of notice to allocate time to edit your work.

There are some fabulous editors out there who will do a great job working with you on your project.

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