Friday, January 11, 2013

A little scrubbing goes a long way

I can't help myself. I'm one of those crazy people who can spot typos on billboards while speeding along at 60 miles per hour. I find errors on menus, resumes and in many other places. Somehow, I've always had a good knack for identifying a misspelled word, punctuation error or mangled use of grammar.

Mistakes happen. Often, we're just too close to the piece we're working on, and we miss something that might be fairly obvious to others. Unfortunately, even a minor error that goes public can cause damage. It can harm your personal or business brand. It may cost you a grade in your class. It may send the wrong message to a customer, constituent or employee. It may even cause you to lose new business for your company.

So, I have a simple pitch for you. Let me be your personal proofreader -- your fresh set of eyes -- and help scrub your content. I'm an experienced editor and writer, and I will help you with the following:
  • complete web site reviews (new or existing sites)
  • blog postings
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • books
  • speeches
  • newsletters (print or electronic)
  • training manuals
  • sales proposals
  • RFP responses
  • advertising campaigns
  • corporate communications
  • outreach to donors or members
  • political materials
  • promotional efforts
  • school papers
  • etc.
In short, I'll do everything possible to make sure your words are pristine before you deliver a finished product.

As for my credentials, I've been a newspaper editor/reporter and corporate communicator since 1977. I've produced award-winning communications materials for companies with as few as nine employees and as many as 200,000, in businesses ranging from insurance and financial services to multi-media entertainment to innovative technology and many more. I've caught plenty of mistakes just before the presses have rolled or the final draft has been submitted. I will do my best to catch yours.

I assure you that I work efficiently, and no job is too large or small. I am highly motivated to ensure a swift and successful process with you. My hourly rate is $25 for basic proofreading (15-minute minimum) and $35 for more extensive editing and consultation.

Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information. My email address is:

I appreciate your time, and I look forward to working with you.

Gene Morris