How to Recognise a Native English Speaking Writer
By Web Copy Hub, Jun 17 2017 07:12AM
The writing industry plays host to an incredible variety of creative individuals - some of which focus on offering world-class web copy to their clients on a full-time basis, while others may prefer to work within a freelance environment. Here at Web Copy Hub, we've been offering our content writing services for just over 13 years now and in that time, we've learnt a thing or two about the differences between writing styles.
So many of our clients come to us to ask about one thing in particular and believe it or not, it has almost nothing to do with our prices. What is it you ask? Well it's actually if we are native English speaking writers. This seems to be hugely important to people, especially those that may have been stung in the past by low quality content - and we completely understand why!
What Makes a Native English Writer?
If we're honest there are three things that summarise a N.E.W. The first is that they are from the United Kingdom (or an English-speaking country). The second is that they are in fact English (although some students of language can learn just as much as a resident). Finally, they'll need to be a natural writer, or educated in the processes involved to a high standard. It really is as simple as that.
We're not saying that there aren't good writers out there outside from the United Kingdom, in fact some that we've worked with come from the United States, Europe and even parts of Asia. But the reality is that if a writer promises high quality web content, they should be able to put their pen where their mouth is (or their fingers if they use a keyboard!)
But that doesn't answer the question in the title of this very blog, does it? So, how exactly do you recognise a native English speaking writer, especially with so many claiming to be 'professionals', 'experts' and 'certified'. It's not always easy, especially if you aren't too knowledgeable where spelling, grammar and punctuation are concerned. So, here's a bit of advice for you:
1) Take a little bit of time to get to know your writer. This could be via email, or even on Skype - in fact the more that you read their correspondence and listen to their accent and voice, the more obvious it will be whether they are native English speakers, or not
2) Don't base your decision on price. We've seen writing agencies that charge a fortune because they allow their ego to get the better of them, and we've also spotted several agencies that charge a minimal price but lower their quality as a result. A good service should be friendly, effective AND affordable
3) Always ask questions. The best way to learn about a writers' capabilities, their experiences and their potential is by asking. For example, our writers all possess degrees in English Language as a minimum, type at 60+ words a minute and are trained in proofreading; allowing us to demonstrate our skills
So many of our clients have had the unfortunate experience of being tempted by foreign writers, or those that promise to provide 'super massive, excellent superior content', only for them to possess little to no grasp of the English language. Sure, you could receive mediocre web content if that's what you're after, but just think about the difference that quality copy could offer to your website, blog, or even your newsletters.
If you can't comprehend the ridiculous rules relating to punctuation, grammar and spelling then why not trust your needs to someone that can? In our opinion, that really isn't someone that woke up this morning and felt like being a 'super excellent writer'. Language takes time to learn, effort to utilise and skill to master - and these are just a few of the features that we are proud to bring to the table at Web Copy Hub.
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