Why does editing matter? Ask the writers at the New York Times.

Many people ask me what an editor does, really. After all, MS Word has spell check, right? So why does someone need to pay for an editor? Lots of writers feel like editors just want to find faults and don’t understand what they were trying to say.  But nothing could be further from the truth. Editors see the best that something can be, in structure, grammar, historical accuracy, etc., and when doing his/her job correctly, the writer will feel like s/he has a partner in bringing out that best version for everyone to see. An excellent editor will achieve that without allowing his/her own voice to overwhelm that of the author’s.

I give a hearty thanks to those who recognize the importance and value of editors and copy editors. I hope the NYT management changes their direction on this decision – cutting editorial staff will only breed errors. 

“We writers are not in need of a companionable read before someone hits the send button on our articles. We don’t need a stroke and a purr. We want forceful, focused intellects brought to bear on our work.”

(http://www.poynter.org/2017/new-york-times-reporters-plea-for-copy-editors-jobs-in-letter-to-bosses-update5/465240/New York Times article)

Welcome to Highland Editorial Services!

Although this site is not primarily a blog, I will post from time to time on subjects that relate to writing, grammar, language and literature, as those things fascinate me and I have very few people with whom to discuss them in real life. We can also use it to discuss topics of interest and I may even try to get back to a bit of fictional writing myself, should time allow!

As for now, I look forward to welcoming your projects and your custom at Highland Editorial Services, where we strive to perfect the Highlands, one word at a time.

Carrie 🙂