Thursday, March 19, 2020
Does Your Business Need a Proofreader Does Your Business Need a Proofreader? Does your business need a proofreader? Yes. Yes, it does. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢ll be all. Thank you for reading. What? You want to know why your business needs a proofreader? Okay, weÃ¢â¬â¢ll set out a few reasons below. But by the end of this post, youÃ¢â¬â¢ll wonder how you could ever have questioned it! 1. Polished Professionalism Whatever your business, you need to make a good first impression. And the first thing anyone will see is often something youÃ¢â¬â¢ve written (e.g., a company website or press release). Think about it this way: If you were meeting a client for the first time, would you turn up with your hair in a mess, odd socks on, and a coffee stain on your shirt? No? Well, you need to apply the same standards to your writing! Unlike a bad hair day, you cant cover up typos with a hat.(Photo: Bruce Guenter/flickr) 2. Typos Can Be Costly Errors in business writing can be costly in two ways. First of all, it can cost you the trust of customers and clients. Mistakes in website copy, for example, may make customers think twice about using your services, since it suggests a lack of care or attention to detail. More literally, though, typos can be expensive: For instance, the publisher Penguin once had to destroy 7,000 copies of The Pasta Bible at a cost of $20,000 because the book accidentally recommended using Ã¢â¬Å"freshly ground black peopleÃ¢â¬ instead of Ã¢â¬Å"freshly ground black pepper.Ã¢â¬ Pasta is definitely better seasoned with pepper. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s fair to say that a thorough proofreader could have saved everyone involved a lot of trouble! 3. Proofreading Is a Skill We donÃ¢â¬â¢t blame anyone for not knowing all the rules about comma usage. Nor do we expect everyone we meet to be as keen on correct pronoun choice as we are. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s because it takes a special kind of person to obsess over the details of spelling, grammar, and punctuation: a proofreader. In other words, the only way to be sure of great proofreading is to hire a professional. This also lets you and your colleagues concentrate on other work, boosting efficiency across your business. 4. Letting Your Content Shine! If youÃ¢â¬â¢ve gone to a lot of effort writing copy, you owe it to yourself and your business to let it shine. But self-editing is difficult, especially if youÃ¢â¬â¢re too close to what youÃ¢â¬â¢ve written. A professional proofreader, on the other hand, will bring a fresh pair of eyes to your work. This means we can spot errors you might miss, ensuring that your message comes through loud and clear. Eyes, fresh and ready for proofreading. Still not convinced? Then send us a 500-word sample and weÃ¢â¬â¢ll show you what we can do for free.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
How to Hire a Ghostwriter You Trust (in 10 Simple Steps) How to Find a Ghostwriter You'll Love (in 10 Simple Steps) Last updated: 3/29/2018Learning how to hireÃ a ghostwriter for your project can be daunting for some. Working on a book with another person is about sharing thoughts and opinions, solving problems and mind-melding. It can all add up to a somewhat intimate experience - and finding someone youÃ can trust with that connection (who also has the experience to pull off your book) isn't easy. If you approach the ghost-hunting process in the right way, you'll eventually land yourself with an amazing collaborator. And with this post, acclaimed ghostÃ Toni Robino will show you how to do it right.Step 1. Know what to expectToni Robino is one of North AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s most sought-after Ã¢â¬Å"ghostsÃ¢â¬ and collaborators for leading publishers, with titles on the New York Times best-seller list. In addition to writing, she teaches BookWalk: Journey from Dream to Publication, a virtual writing program where new authors learn how to write their best books - step-by-step.If you have any other questions or thoughts, just drop us a message in the comments below.