Written communications come in many forms. The type and purpose of your document dictates the style of writing. Whether you are writing to please, persuade, promote, present or placate, words matter - not only the words you use, but also the way you use them. Getting it right is important.
Whatever your requirements, Elsie can meet the challenge.
website content and blogs
CVs / resumes
Elsie is familiar with a wide range of documentation including:
Elsie offers the following professional services to ensure your written communications are well-received:
Sometimes known as line editing, proofreading is the final check for any errors. It’s the quality check and involves looking for any mistakes that may have been overlooked.
Proofreading includes checking for:
typographical and formatting errors, including headings, page numbers, fonts, spacing, etc.
mistakes in spelling, grammar and punctuation
any obvious details that could detract from the overall presentation of the writing.
Elsie divides editing services into two separate practices, ‘Copy Editing’ and ‘Substantive Editing’.
Copy Editing, like proofreading, provides a line-by-line appraisal of the text, checking for:
mistakes in grammar, punctuation and syntax
ease of understanding
unsubstantiated facts, weak arguments and plot holes
and that the document is fit for purpose.
Substantive Editing (sometimes known as structural or developmental editing) looks at the bigger picture or overall structure of a document. Unlike copy editing, there are no set rules on which to base editing decisions. Therefore, because they are based entirely on subjective judgement, changes are submitted to you (the writer) as suggestions or guidelines for improvement.
Substantive Editing deals with ensuring the piece of writing:
fits together to make sense
is presented in a logical order
contains everything necessary to achieve its goal
has elements that support each other and work well together
and may also include a check for some language edits such as:
sentence complexity and the use of active or passive verbs
conciseness of the content
a clear, compelling development of ideas
the appropriateness of jargon or technical terms for the target audience.
Elsie has qualifications in Technical Communication and Writing for the Web.
A technical communicator produces clear, concise, accessible content for printed and online texts designed to inform or instruct, such as user guides, training manuals, reference materials, and website and intranet pages.
Depending on your requirements, Elsie’s writing service involves:
assisting you to present your ideas in a positive and persuasive manner
researching and writing texts for you, so your valuable time can be spent attending to other important responsibilities.