How many times have you been reading and got caught up in a phrase of words that made no sense to you? Or a word that looked like it was some alien language? What did you do? Did you take the time out to look it up? Use context clues to figure it out? Or did you just skip it and pretend it never happened? Some material is full of jargon or littered with words most people rarely, if ever, use. And that is part of a content editor's job: to make sure that your audience can understand what it is they are reading.
An editor does so much more, too!
An editor ensures your spelling is perfect, that each sentence makes sense, etc. And there are multiple kinds of editing, which many people don't know. There is the basic proofreading, a read-through that checks spelling and basic grammar. But there's line editing, content editing and developmental editing as well, each serves their own purpose.
If you are working on a large project but only have a basic idea, then you may want to think about hiring a developmental editor.
If you just want a last minute check over your work but don't want much critique or in-depth analysis, proofreading is just fine.
If you want to take your time and have someone work with you over multiple drafts, checking your meaning, your spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure, then it is time to hire a content editor.
Editors are here to ensure that you always put your best foot forward and that no matter what type of content you are using (be it books, websites, magazines, etc.) your audience gets a clear and concise look at what you have to offer.
Often times, people have no idea what sort of editing their work requires but that is where this post comes in, in this sort and simple read I wanted to give you a glimpse. If you want someone who is in it for the long haul or just a quick once-over, you can seek it in an editor,