Editing without Ruining Personality - Selective Enforcement of "Rules"
I never learned how to write a story or an article. Nonetheless, I had many things that I wanted to say, so I took up the pen on my own. I now have about 800 published articles. During this time I learned the hard way that one can’t do this alone. I re-read everyarticle (aloud) and used the spellchecker. Still, there is no spellcheck for “you are”, “your” or “you’re”. I also would get notes from readers like this: “I didn’t understand what you were saying! What the @#%&* is the SNB?” I assumed that the readers would recognizewhat SNB meant. This is a classic error of writing over the audience’s head.
I looked for help and fortunately found Ilene. After working with her for six months, I would no longer publish an article without her review and input. Ilene’s editing makes that much difference.
Publishing is a pain in the butt. Every online magazine has its own required formatting for submissions. An article that has been reposted on one online magazine might look just fine, but when posted on another, all the pagination could be screwed up. Ilene understands HTML code and other ugly things (like vaporware) that get in the way of syndicating an article. Life is too short to have a good story get lost because of RSS feed problems.
I now send my finished articles to Ilene and go for a walk. She can do the hard work involved in posting it. In order for a story to get into an online magazine, it not only has to read and look right, but it often has to be presented to the editor in a particular format. These are the rules of publishing online. Ilene works directly with editors; she knows the rules.
Having a good editor like Ilene can be a humbling experience; sometimes it’s downright embarrassing. I get work back from her that is full of red ink. Then when I fix those mistakes, she finds more! Sometimes we disagree. Sometimes she changes a sentence to be proper but I want to keep my own "style." However, the bottom line is that my work is better as a result of Ilene’s efforts. I also sleep better knowing I don’t have a “wear” in place of a “where” or a “we’re.”
By Dr. Paul Price of Market Shadows
Ilene’s professional editing services are truly outstanding. We’ve been collaborating since 2009. My only regret is that I didn’t find her sooner.
What you expect from any editor:
- Detect and correct typos
- Fix any grammatical errors
- Ensure that content is well-written and readily understandable
Ilene’s contributions go above and beyond. She…
- Improves on my article/chapter titles
- Hooks readers with catchy subtitles
- Suggests rewrites when appropriate
- Rewrites when appropriate
- Acts as a muse for idea generation
- Inspires me to create my best work ever
- Provides advice on all aspects of the writing process
I have worked with many fine professionals in this field. Ilene’s editing services are unmatched in tangible and intangible ways.
Dr. Paul Price, April 9, 2013. Paul is a Daily Columnist for The Street’s Real Money Pro. A regular contributor to Seeking Alpha, GuruFocus, Market Shadows, Zero Hedge, Options Profits and Beating Buffett. Past speaker at The Money Show’s conferences in NYC and Las Vegas.
The Final Touch
By Allison Saillard
As a recent college graduate, I have been heavily dependent on spell-check and multiple re-readings over the past four years. No matter how many times I read an essay or a project, however, there were always minor spelling or grammar mistakes pointed out by my professors that were, for a self-proclaimed perfectionist such as myself, quite embarrassing.
Having Ilene edit my writing for my first foray into the “real world” has been extremely comforting and a real luxury. It is very important, especially these days, for someone in my position to make a good impression on those who provide opportunities to recent graduates. I feel confident in Ilene’s editing skills and her ability to read what I write as a whole in order to make sure that my writing and her edits blend naturally into the piece. It’s safe to say that I will continue to use her services well into the future!