Are Your Grades Good Enough? Improve Your Writing and Improve Your Life

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If you don’t learn how to self-edit your writing now, before you graduate, you’ll also hurt your future career.

Now that the fall semester is well underway, you may be one of the many college students who realize that your writing skills just aren’t good enough. Knowing a subject like the back of your hand is great, but if you can’t express that knowledge on an essay test or in a research paper, you hurt your GPA. Even worse, if you don’t learn how to self-edit your writing now—before you graduate—you’ll also hurt your future career.

According to a 2004 survey by the College Board’s National Commission on Writing, one-third of today’s workers do not have appropriate writing skills. This includes teachers, scientists, engineers, writers, and every other professional field. No matter which career you choose, you are expected to be able to write well. If you send out emails riddled with spelling errors, reports that are unclear, or client letters that ramble on and on, you won’t earn the respect, job titles, and salaries of your peers who write effectively.

Improving your writing skills doesn’t require taking an extra grammar course or even a composition class—you simply need to learn how to identify your specific writing challenges and use that information to self-edit your writing. As authors Dawn Josephson and Lauren Hidden explain in their new book, Write It Right…The Ground Rules™ for Self-Editing Like the Pros (Ground Rules Press, $17.95, ISBN: 0-97449662-6), the self-editing process can break your poor writing habits once and for all. To help college students, the authors provide a practical five-step process for self-editing that will enable all students, regardless of major, to write stronger, more powerful text. The authors also include a section on grammar and usage, with tips and examples of how to overcome the most common writing challenges that plague writers.

As Josephson and Hidden state, “When you successfully follow these ground rules for self-editing and the grammar guidelines, you will have mastered one of the hardest life and business skills—that of creating crisp, succinct, and logical written works. Once you do that, you will see your grades improve, as well as your future career opportunities.”

Dawn Josephson, the Master Writing Coach™, is a professional speaker and internationally acclaimed author who empowers leaders to master the printed word for enhanced credibility, positioning, and profits. She is the founder and president of Cameo Publications, LLC and is the creator of The Ground Rules™ book series. Lauren Hidden is the founder and president of The Hidden Helper, LLC, an editorial and virtual assistance services firm. Her clients include professional speakers, authors, coaches, and other successful entrepreneurs.

For more information or a review copy of Write It Right…The Ground Rules™ for Self-Editing Like the Pros, please call 866-372-2636 or send an e-mail to

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