February 26, 2006

A Content Editor’s Quality Checklist

published this at 8:38 am

Editing for Quality

It’s true that every writer needs an editor. We all know that I sure do. In textbook publishing, we say that every writer really needs two–a content editor and a copyeditor. The first makes sure that the logic and ideas make sense. The second makes sure that the work is readable. Readable doesn’t mean much, if the ideas are all over the place.

Content editing doesn’t need to take bundles of time. You’ve gotten the ideas onto the paper. Print the post out and read it. A pause for a content edit makes sure that your information is accurate, relevant, and accessible. Why not make sure your ideas move in a way that readers can follow them? It can only make you look smarter.

For that purpose, I offer you this basic content editor’s quality checklist.

Content Editor’s Quality Checklist

Use this checklist for the content edit first. Then move on to copyediting — making sure that the spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct. Do the two tasks separately. Trying to do both at once is like trying to have dinner with two dates at two different restaurants — not a good idea.

Use the content editor’s quality checklist and you’ll be that much more confident that your reader won’t get lost looking for the forest among the trees. Now whether they’ll agree with you . . .

Be irresistible.
–ME “Liz” Strauss

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9 Comments to “A Content Editor’s Quality Checklist”

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  5. May 14th, 2008 at 12:23 pm
    Mikhail Weiss said

    The first makes sure the that the logic and ideas make sense.
    ——————————
    Oops. Copy editing mistake above. Extra “the” before “that” needs to go bye-bye. Nice ideas, though. Neat-o.

  6. January 25th, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    akuhdiah said

    Nice tips for me. I hope I could improve my writing soon

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  8. October 17th, 2012 at 9:52 am
    KTD said

    Since we are talking about Content Editing. Someone may want to take a look at the first paragraph above, making note of the (**) items below.

    “It’s true that every writer needs an editor. We all know that I sure do. In textbook publishing, we say that every writer really needs two–a content editor and a copyeditor. The first makes sure **the that the** logic and ideas make sense. The second makes sure that the work is readable. Readable doesn’t mean much, if the ideas are all over the place.”

  9. October 20th, 2012 at 2:56 am
    Liz said

    Thank you, KTD,
    Got that covered. :)

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