Can you say, “Editor?”

Truck

Call it an occupational hazard that goes with the territory when you are a writer and a public relations professional, but I saw this truck the other day and couldn’t resist snapping a photo of it. I felt like taking a red pen to this back window!

Actually, this truck and its poorly written message provides a great opportunity to discuss the importance of proofreading and editing.

The written word often serves as a business’s first impression to potential customers and clients. Think about it: if you produce marketing brochures or have a Web site that you use to attract business, you need to make sure these items are well-written, well-designed and error-free. Content full of misspellings, grammatical errors and omissions doesn’t build confidence in the minds of consumers as to your professionalism.

When you write content, whether it’s a marketing letter, a promotional brochure, Web site content, a newsletter or even a blog post such as this, read over your writing. Have someone else read over it. It’s important to catch those mistakes before they are seen by your potential customers.

Not everyone was born to be a writer or an editor. So if your talents aren’t in these areas, hire a professional to proofread and edit your work before it is finalized. It is a small price to pay for peace of mind in knowing that your printed materials will make a great first impression among your target audience.

How do you know if you need an editor? Well, let’s go back to the photo above for a little test. There are three errors in this saying on the back window. If you can’t find them, perhaps you should seek the services of an editor the next time you have a written piece that you plan to share with new and existing clients.

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4 Responses for Can you say, “Editor?”

  1. This is hysterical.I have seen this truck in person, but I didn’t even notice the mistakes the first time.

    Instead of the red pen, maybe some white shoe polish might work. It is April Fool’s Day…

  2. JD Transcriptions says:

    OUCH. Yup, the errors jumped off the page to me.

    This grates against my last nerve. I do medical transcriptions, and have transcribed minutes of homeowner association meetings for a local property manager. I have decades of experience, and am not perfect. BUT,

    I hate to hear doctors, and others, speak of being “orientated” – Makes me want to face East; and a dear professional woman friend of mine talks about the “physical” year of her corporation.

    This also bugs me to see signs incorrectly spelled ANYWHERE. There is a stretch of memorial highway in our county, with the sign installed by the state. They misspelled the man’s name! Bet his influential daughter would have a fit, should she see it.

    Thank you for the white shoe polish idea.

    My opinion, worth just what it cost ya!

  3. Meredith says:

    I’ve seen this truck, too, and it makes me crazy every time! Even my seven year old nephew can tell me the difference between to, too, and two.

  4. Pati Mills says:

    I too was offended(ya know the OLD comment:)
    Funny how when I was the kid I thought anyone a few years older than me..were old…Well can you hear me now? I’m on the front row at Berto’s kickboxing gym…