Work with a writing specialist or editor

In addition to your own reading, reviewing, editing, proofreading - and trying out your writing with colleagues and your audience - you may also benefit from working with a writing specialist or an editor.

Editors do many tasks, from coordinating projects to checking facts to getting manuscripts ready for publication (in print or online). Rather than focus on those aspects of an editor's job, however, I want to talk about two specific ways in which writing specialists and editors can help you as a writer:

• focusing on the big picture with you

• copy editing for you

You may want different people as your "big picture" editor and as your copy editor. Although some people can do both well, the two tasks require different skills. Certainly, the two types of edit require separate passes through the material.

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