If you are a freelance writer, you should be aware that your editor’s job goes far beyond correcting the grammar and spelling of the article you submit. In addition to supervising your work and that of several other writers, you have to plan and execute Content Marketing strategies that meet SEO requirements and fill relevant information gaps. Nothing simple. That is why it is worth implementing the following practices with the aim of making your work easier.
1. Correct the text more than once and after clearing the mind
A single correction immediately after finishing writing is ineffective. You have to correct it at least twice and rest several minutes before doing it. In this way, you guarantee that your work is left with a reduced percentage of errors.
2. Accept jobs only on subjects you master
It is not about specifically knowing the topic on which you are going to write, but it is about perfectly handling the field of action to which it belongs. For example, you may not know anything about the legislation in a certain country, but if you are a specialist in law, you will surely know what sources to consult and it will be easier for you to understand concepts that would be hieroglyphics for a person without lights in the discipline.
This prevents the editor from correcting errors in approach and management of concepts, and even in style: when a person writes about the subject they dominate, their writing is more fluid and refined.
3. Do not accept tasks that exceed your abilities
If you are not yet ready to write an ebook or an academic article, do not commit to doing so. Surely it will not be well written and he, instead of dedicating himself to making some corrections, will have to dedicate himself to rewriting it.
4. Check your doubts
There are no silly questions. Anything that was not clear at the time of accepting the job should be resolved at that time. Every editor prefers to resolve a question to correct hundreds of errors in poorly generated content.
5. Curate content
It is currently the best strategy to find relevant information that enriches your writing, but make sure you use reliable sources, filter the content very well, and do not fall into the painful error of plagiarizing. Otherwise, you’ll be giving your editor a lot more work.
6. Follow their instructions to the letter
Among the commandments of content, an editor is never asking a freelance writer to write a text without clearly establishing guidelines on style, length, language, keywords, approach, etc. Fulfill them.
7. Support you in specialized software
A good 2.0 content editor relies on digital tools that optimize their work and, therefore, reduce the work of the editor. There are text editors to search sites, advanced spell checkers, image banks, and time managers among many others.
8. Deliver the works before the stipulated date
That way you give him more time to review them with the patience that the task requires.
9. Segment content as much as possible
Texts divided with subheadings and composed of short paragraphs are easier to read on a screen. In fact, it’s one of the hallmarks of the user-centric style of web writing that currently dominates content marketing.
10. Don’t work too hard
Believe it or not, when you work more than you should, you make it difficult for your editor. Not because you send him more product for editing, but because quantity is not synonymous with quality. When you write tired you make basic mistakes, which you would never incur in your “five senses”.
11. Accept their criticism
Do not bother when you review your texts and make the respective contributions. Remember that, in general, he is part of the planning of the Content Marketing campaign and knows better than you the needs of each content. It is useless to conflict with him over trifles.
12. Read again
Read each text carefully before sending it, not in order to correct it, but with the aim of validating if it is fluent and meets the requirements established by the editor. In fact, if it is possible for a third party to read it and provide his comments, do not rule out doing so.
Twelve simple practices will optimize the work of your editor and allow you to continue enjoying the benefits of being a freelance writer. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to study daily, and stay updated on topics that you usually work on and those related to digital marketing and content marketing.