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The Proof is in the Pudding! Or how proofreading makes for a better grant proposal

Proofread for a winning proposal!

The saying, “The proof is in the pudding” means “the end result is the mark of the success or failure of one’s efforts or planning.” Continue reading “The Proof is in the Pudding! Or how proofreading makes for a better grant proposal”

Attention nonprofit organizations! Here’s a chance to get help with your marketing

Question: What can you do in five minutes while having your coffee?

Coffee while checking phone

Answer: Take my survey!

I am reaching out to ask current and prospective nonprofit clients about their marketing needs. Please take a few moments to complete this survey to help me improve my services.

Complete the survey by April 21, 2017 12:00 PM midnight and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a FREE coffee!

Your participation is appreciated. Thank you!

6 ways to say “thank you” to your volunteers

In her article, “Volunteers, Part 1: What makes them stay?,” Christine Litch of VolunteerHub recommends that nonprofit organizations recognize the services of its volunteers. While many organizations show appreciation by using informal ways such as saying, “Thank you for doing a great job!” or formal ways such as sponsoring a volunteer recognition night, Litch reports just 30 percent of charities actually follow this practice.

As a volunteer coordinator, what can you do to help your organization stand out as one that cares about its volunteers?


Here are six quick, easy, budget friendly ideas to help you say thank you:

  1. Give your volunteers a free beverage by signing up for the Dunkin Donuts “DD Perks” program. You can enroll as many cards for as many volunteers your organization desires to treat. Volunteers can register their cards using their own email address and add funds to earn points.
  2. Create an Instagram message by posing in a group picture with your staff as you hold a sign addressed to your volunteers!
  3. For your lady volunteers, treat them to a health and wellness or beauty gift! Groupon regularly offers deals for 30 or 60 minute massages as well as deals for manicures and/or pedicures.
  4. Home Depot, which operates one of the best e- gift card programs among retailers, are perfect gifts for your “DIY” volunteer guys!
  5. Plan a lunch or dinner date for your volunteer staff. Open Table offers over 3,500 restaurants to choose from as well as an option to purchase gifts for groups
  6. For your senior volunteers, lending a helping hand with their day-to-day activities is a great way to show appreciation. For example, offer to do a task at their home such as washing their car, taking their dog for a walk, mowing the lawn, or watering their garden. Or, run an errand such as picking up or dropping off clothing at dry cleaners, delivering groceries or prescriptions, or returning library books.

Using these ideas, you’ll reap benefits for your volunteers and your organization. Volunteers who feel appreciated are more likely to participate in future activities. Some may even be inspired to become donors! The gift donations or services you request from local businesses for your volunteers builds partnerships within your community. Furthermore, your organization gets great publicity when you share how you love your volunteers!

What ways do you say thank you to your volunteers? Join me on Twitter: @esteemedscribe  or Facebook and let me know!


Copy that! A behind-the-scenes look at copy-editing

I was listening to a TV commercial when I heard the phrase, “Copy that!” It occurred to me that the phrase, which means “I heard that” or “I understand” is relevant to my work.  As a copy-editor, my task is to demonstrate to my clients that I understand how to convey clear, concise, and compelling writing. This task involves improving areas such as grammar, spelling, consistency of usage, punctuation, and capitalization.

For a quick demonstration of how I go about this task, here is an excerpt from a transcript I produced from a Red Cross interview. In the following sections, you will see my copy-edited version.

Reynolds Wolf: This is the AMHQ WEEKEND. You know, summer is a very busy season for American families. You guys already know that, right? Of course you do. But think about this before you pack up the car and the kids on vacation: Someone in this country needs a blood transfusion every single, [sic] well every two seconds.  Chris Hrouda is the executive vice president of biomedical services. He’s with us this morning. And we are chatting with him about the American Red Cross. Chris, thanks so much for spending time with us.  And it’s hard to believe, the summer months, really a difficult time to collect blood to meet patients’ needs.”

To improve the writing of this excerpt, I consulted William Zinsser’s classic writing instruction manual, On Writing Well.

I followed three of his principles for writing well:

1.Write in the first person.

2.Write clearly and simply. Eliminate wordiness and clutter.

3.Avoid jargon and clichés.

Here is a quick summary of how I applied Zinsser’s tips:

1.Write in the first person.

I removed the second-person and third-person references (e.g., you and we, respectively).

2.Write clearly and simply. Eliminate wordiness and clutter.

I removed the words, “right,” and “Of course you do” to eliminate wordiness. While Zinsser’s guide does not explicitly forbid using the conjunction, “and” at the beginning of a sentence, I removed the two occurrences in this except because they are repetitive. I removed extra punctuation and inserted an appropriate active verb and pronoun convey clarity of thought in the last sentence

3.Avoid jargon and clichés.

I removed the commonly overused phrase, “you know.”

The following section is my copy-edited version of the excerpt after applying Zinsser’s tips:

Reynolds Wolf: This is the AMHQ WEEKEND. Summer is a very busy season for American families. I believe most people know that. Think about this before you pack up the car and the kids on vacation: Someone in this country needs a blood transfusion every two seconds.  Chris Hrouda is the executive vice president of biomedical services. This morning we are chatting with him about the American Red Cross. Chris, thanks so much for spending time with us.  It’s hard to believe that the summer months are really a difficult time to collect blood to meet patients’ needs.”

In short, my copy-edited version exhibits clearer, efficient writing while maintaining as much of the interviewer’s message and style of speaking as possible.  Depending upon the clients’ needs, additional copy-edits can be made to this excerpt.  Whether the text comes from a transcript, a book chapter, a newsletter, or a website, I add proofreading as a finishing touch to my copy-editing by reading the text out loud to hear the flow of my revisions.

For more information about my copy-editing services, visit my website, www.theesteemedscribe.com or feel free to contact me at yvettewilliams@theesteemedscribe.com


Press Release


Syria, Yemen, and South Sudan have a voice

Company offers video transcription for humanitarian crises


[New Haven, Connecticut- January 16, 2017] – Civil war, violent conflicts, drought, and famine are devastating the lives of civilians in Syria, South Sudan, and Yemen. Neighboring European countries are hosting over 4 million Syrian refugees. At least 8.2 million people need basic services in South Sudan. In Yemen, half of the 21 million people needing humanitarian assistance are children. In a YouTube video of his first day as the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres made a request to the world: “How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict?”

Humanitarian relief organizations are also using YouTube, one of the web’s largest search engines, to bring attention to the plight of these countries. The Esteemed Scribe helps these organizations by producing SEO-optimized transcripts of YouTube videos. Posting these transcripts to websites drives traffic which attracts visitors, donors, and volunteers. By showing the sights, sounds, and pleas of civilians, these organizations are answering the call for help.

Contact the Esteemed Scribe at theesteemedscribe@gmail.com to learn how your organization can use transcribed YouTube videos. Clients receive a free monthly e-newsletter when they subscribe.

About The Esteemed Scribe

The Esteemed Scribe  specializes in copy-editing, proofreading, transcribing, and blogging. The company writes creative, informative, and easy-to-read print and web copy for humanitarian nonprofit organizations.


Yvette Williams, Ph.D., Freelance Copy-editor and Transcriber

The Esteemed Scribe