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Does a Writer Need an Editor?

Updated: 2 days ago

Everyone can write and it may seem like an easy task. However, for some people, it may not. Though many writers can write well, it doesn't mean they have the ability to improve their own writing. I have a lot of friends who are great writers; however, many of them are still seeking my help to edit their work. Why shouldn't they even try? Well, based on my experiences as an author as well as an editor, I have summarised the reasons into three main points.

An editor normally looks into grammar, spelling, and punctuation, which sometimes may include content revision (content editing) and typography (copy editing). Grammarly is one of the widely used applications for spelling, grammar, and plagiarism checking which are essential for language editing. After editing, proofreading is the next step to review typos, spacing, and formatting issues before submission.

A translator is needed when the writer intends to compose an article in another target language. Whether you are an academic, researcher, grant holder, or postgraduate student, it's always recommended to hire a professional editor or subscribe to an editing service provider such as WeCWIIS. This can help you to deliver your complex idea effectively before getting it published.

Self-Editing? Hmm...

First, human has a limited mental capacity. When we write, we are expressing our thoughts using words and putting them on display for the readers to comprehend. Writing and editing are two different processes at all. We cannot write and edit our work simultaneously when we are emotionally attached to it.

Second, over-confidence leads to believing editing is more unnecessary than it deserves. Some writers will assume their work are nearly or almost perfect; but in fact, nothing or nobody is perfect, neither how much effort nor time is being invested.

Third, writing a good article is a daunting task: time-consuming, tiring, and skill-demanding. Depending on how much you’ve devoted yourself to writing, you might be exhausted when it comes to reading your own words. You may just want to get through it faster—this is no way for you to edit with full motivation and concentration.

Looking for Editing, Translating, and Proofreading Services?


WeCWI Integrated Solutions offers editing, translating, and proofreading services mainly for the English language, Malay and Chinese languages. The manuscripts are classified into three categories are as follows:

  1. Category A: Common text including essay, story, book, and book chapter

  2. Category B: Technical text including scientific paper, research article, report, and thesis

  3. Category C: Promotional or publicity materials including certificate, flyer, pamphlet, brochure, banner, poster, and questionnaire

An editor focuses on language issues, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The editing fees are classified into three categories:

  • Category A: 1 MYR / 8 words

  • Category B: 1 MYR / 6 words

  • Category C: 1 MYR / 4 words

A translator focuses on English < > Malay and English < > Chinese as the target languages. The translating fees are classified into three categories:

  • Category A: 1 MYR / 6 words

  • Category B: 1 MYR / 4 words

  • Category C: 1 MYR / 2 words

A proofreader covers language, reference, and format issues. The proofreading fees are classified into three categories:

  • Category A: 1 MYR / 6 words

  • Category B: 1 MYR / 4 words

  • Category C: 1 MYR / 2 words


If interested, kindly call or text +6019-594 6818 or email your manuscript to asking for a quotation. After receiving an invoice via email upon confirmation, you can proceed with the payment through online banking, QR, WeChat Pay or PayPal ( based on the agreed total amount stated in the invoice.

Once the full payment is received, all works will be commenced and done on Microsoft Word by using the Track Changes and New Comment features on the Review menu. Less than 10 pages of manuscript should be completed within one week, effective from the payment date. The work can be completed earlier for an urgent case with the agreed higher rates.

An acknowledgement letter will be issued upon request, together with the edited manuscript, via email. All clients will enjoy a 5% discount on the first service subscription. Besides, the returning clients will enjoy a 5% discount on all service subscriptions. As a UiTM startup company, all UiTM staff and students will enjoy a 5% discount on the total subscription fee.


  1. What an excellent service! They offered fast, detailed, and very neat work. Highly recommended! 👍🏻 — Assoc. Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr Siti Noraini (Universit Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Pulau Pinang)

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