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Professional writers will work with you to make your business communication more effective. By understanding your business and your audience, they will step into your shoes and use their expertise to craft language which is more compelling to your potential customers.
What should I do before engaging a copywriter, content writer or blogger?
The very first thing you should do is ask yourself: who am I speaking to? The answer to that question defines every other part of the writing process. Professional writers of all kinds will ensure that they pitch their writing style, their diction and their subject difficulty to match the intended audience. By doing some preparation to determine who that audience is, you allow your writer to jump right in and get to work.
You should also think about the purpose of the writing you need – do you want sales or more website visitors? Is it important to incorporate SEO techniques to assist your search engine marketing? Where will the finished writing be appearing?
Providing the answers to these questions upfront will help a potential writer know if they are the right fit for you.
What does the writing process usually look like?
Every writer is different, so it's wise to discuss the writing process with them on the first engagement to ensure you are both on the same page.
In almost all cases, you will need to provide your writer with a brief. The brief should include:
This will provide enough background for your writer to produce a first draft. After drafting, you will need to review the draft in detail and provide feedback if it requires editing. Most writers expect 1 or 2 rounds of editing, so if you are unclear or do not go into sufficient detail with your feedback you may find they charge you extra for further rewriting. To avoid this, discuss how they will handle rewriting and how many rounds of editing will be permissible before the project begins.
What are some common mistakes when hiring a copywriter, content writer or blogger?