Editorial services combine both the skill of proofreading, and the skill of writing. In simple terms, an editor is someone who reads your work then makes modifications based on problematic grammar and sentence structure. Most editors also double as outstanding proofreaders. This article is a brief introduction to the world of editorial services and editors.
Today the most popular type of editor can be found on the Internet. Hundreds of thousands of people have setup shop as editors and proofreaders online. This can make it hard for someone who is trying to have their text edited. The big decision is whether to hire a freelance editor on the Internet, or hire someone who works within a company or organization. Most freelance editors also offer other services such as proofreading and in some cases, document translations. Although most companies specializing in editing also offer these other services, the big difference is the price. Most freelance editors charge substantially less than big companies.
The problem that lies with freelance workers is the quality of work. With a big company you are almost guaranteed great, reliable work. With freelance editors itâ€™s always a big gamble. It becomes hard to choose and decipher which freelance editor to hire since there are so many to choose from. Some are obviously better than others and since it can be hard to research their backgrounds you may be stuck with someone who, while does the work at a great price, may do the work at sub-par standards.
Another thing to keep in mind when considering an online freelance editor is the payment. Not how much you will pay but rather how you will pay him. Most freelance online editors will accept only credit card payments. Whether it is done via PayPal or another form of online checkout, there is always a big risk. If you are not comfortable with the idea of putting your financial information on the Internet then you will need to look carefully at which types of payments the editor accepts. However if you have no problems doing this, still make sure that you have taken the necessary security steps to protect your computer and your financial information.
There are pros and cons for each type of editorial services. If you want to spend the lowest amount of money possible and aren’t concerned that you risk having sub-par quality work, then try surfing around the net to find a good freelance editor. However, if you don’t mind spending a little more to guarantee quality work, then hiring a company to do your editing needs is the way to go.