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Are Poor Writing and Editing Skills Holding You Back?


Could a misspelled word cost you your job? Could a poorly developed idea cause you to lose your prospects’ interest…forever? Could poor writing skills be a detriment to your career? Yes! But you can avoid these costly mistakes by learning how to self-edit your work.

Unfortunately, most people don’t self-edit their writing. Since few people get direct feedback on their writing anymore, such as those familiar letter grades from school, they find it difficult to pinpoint their writing challenges. As such, if a client declines their services after reading the written proposal or marketing piece, they make excuses that the client must have changed his or her needs. Most people tend to blame others for their writing inabilities.

In their new book, Write It Right: The Ground Rules for Self-Editing Like the Pros (Ground Rules Press, $17.95, ISBN 0-9744966-2-6), self-editing experts Dawn Josephson and Lauren Hidden provide a practical five-step process for self-editing that will enable readers to write stronger, more powerful text. The authors also include a section on grammar and usage, with tips and examples of how to overcome the most common writing challenges that plague writers.

Based on their two decades of experience helping writers of all types improve their business letters, sales copy, articles, books, and marketing pieces, Write it Right details a tested, step-by-step process that saves people time and frustration when editing their own work. The authors give solid advice on how to assess your writing and build an editing checklist, how to stay objective, how to plan and make the time for the editing process, how to think like an editor rather than a writer, how to know when to enlist the help of others, and other key self-editing techniques.

The advice and strategies in this book make it a great reference tool for anyone who wants to improve their writing—from business people who want to please their clients to authors who want to sell their work. As Josephson and Hidden state, “When you successfully follow these ground rules for self-editing and the grammar guidelines, you will have mastered one of the hardest business skills—that of creating crisp, succinct, and logical written works. Once you do that, you will become a valuable member of your organization.”


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