Author George Orwell wrote:
“Good prose is like a window pane.”

Editor Antonia Morton says:
“Good editing is like a squirt of Windex.”

Editing: For Government and NGOs

We make your work a little easier

Communications in the public sector is a tough job. No matter what kind of document you have to produce – a report, a website, a manual, a newsletter, a press release, a funding proposal – you may face some or all of these challenges:

  • Too many people want to have their say, or else too few. You’re either swamped with words, or getting input is like pulling teeth.
  • Few contributors are trained writers, so the tone of the document may vary wildly.
  • Even if you have a style guide, people may not bother to follow it.
  • The formatting of the text may be all over the place.
  • Everyone wants to make the same “talking points,” so there’s a lot of unnecessary repetition.
  • Your writers may be so familiar with their subject matter that they don’t know how to make it clear for the intended audience.

And with all those hurdles to overcome, it’s your job to make the final product look sleek and professional.

So let us handle the task of tidying up the text – leaving you free to concentrate on the bigger picture of the project.

Quickly and efficiently, we:

  • eliminate any repetition
  • “activate” the text by replacing nouns with verbs, and removing the passive voice
  • translate any jargon that your readers may not understand
  • flag any inconsistencies or missing information
  • give a “common look and feel” to text from different sources
  • tidy up the writing so that it reads clearly
  • check all the details of layout and formatting.

You get back a clean and readable document that makes your department (and you) look good.

Something else to remember: effective editing reduces time and cost at the translation stage. If the English text is clear and simple, translators need much less time to turn it into accurate French. (View our Translation services.)

If your material is sensitive or confidential, we have Enhanced and Secret security clearances.

Government clients we’ve worked for include Library & Archives, Correctional Services, Industry, Agriculture, Immigration, Elections, Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the National Research Council, and the House of Commons Committee Reporting Services.

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