Variety is a significant pleasure for a business-document editor. Not only is variety stimulating, but the work that comes across our desks at Hit Send (or rather, across our screens) also provides a fascinating insight into local and overseas businesses, Tasmanian government policy, and plans for our State.
First up is the bimonthly Seafood Industry News. This is the magazine newsletter of the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council, and copyediting it is a regular job for me. I love it for the glimpses into the challenges, research and legislative changes affecting this sector. Here’s a link to the magazines, with design by Creative Hum.
My next job is a structural edit to produce a pocket book for farmers and landowners about planned burning. The first draft has been done, but it’s come to me for a professional opinion about how much content can be included, the ideal shape and size of the booklet, and the ‘voice’ that’s going to be suitable to read in the field. This is a fascinating task, and (unusually) I need to print everything off and spread it around on our meeting table to get started.
Today brings several jobs from a client who writes reports for government. I check particularly for consistency and to ensure a match between table data and associated text. Clients such as this are ideal: they write well but value an independent pair of eyes.
Next to come in is a PowerPoint deck from my principal London client. I look forward to her presentations, as she is creative and can present a mass of information in a graphic and beautiful way. She is also dyslexic, which is where I can add value. She uses my UK overnight editing service, and relies on me to return her work the same day, ready to use first thing when she wakes up.
A client calls to ask if I will edit a business plan to go out to investors for a significant capital-raising initiative – yes, of course – and I quote for a plain English copyedit of an annual report later in the year. I finish my working day by editing a small suite of company template letters for style, consistency and contemporary language. I know these will be mailed to thousands of customers, so that’s satisfying.