Field Guide to Shredding an RFP

You just got a new RFP — a request for proposal. Now what? As a proposal manager, you’ve got a finger on every aspect of the proposal: writing, editing, layout, and graphic design. You’re scheduling meetings, helping the team strategize, and researching the client. As a multi-hat wearer, figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. The most important first …

Seven Keys to Proposal Writing

Your job as a proposal writer is to respond to requests for proposals (RFPs). But you won’t do this alone—you’ll have subject matter experts (SMEs) to lean on. Together, you’ll create clear, concise answers that form a cohesive, compelling proposal. Download the pdf here. 1: ANSWER THE QUESTIONS First and foremost, your job as a proposal writer is to answer …

Back-to-School for Everyone

In the small town of Tipp City, Ohio, where Dragonfly Editorial is headquartered, there happens to be a lovely, scenic bike trail. It’s the perfect spot for getting lost in thought and enjoying the natural world without the bustle of everyday life. I took a walk there early one morning last week, after a roaring thunderstorm the night before and …

Dragonfly is Hiring a B2B Copywriter

Here at Dragonfly Editorial, we help organizations in complex B2B industries communicate with clarity. Through precise, strategy-driven copywriting, we help B2B organizations tell their stories and engage customers and prospects. We write everything from social media posts to thought-leadership posts to technical journal articles to annual reports. Our sweet spot is long-form copy: white papers, feature stories, case studies, and …

Biceps and the Role of the Copyeditor

In my job as a copyeditor, I recently came across the following term: right bicep. Do you see anything wrong with that? Look closely. It should be right biceps, with an s. A biceps is a single muscle made of two parts (from the Latin word for two-headed), such as the biceps brachii in the upper arm. So, if you …

A Field Guide on How to Submit a Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Thinking about submitting an article to a peer-reviewed journal? Most authors find peer review valuable—91% said that it improved the quality of their article. That said, it can be daunting to face that gantlet of reviewers. Understanding the goal of peer review, your responsibilities in the process, and what reviewers are looking for can help you prepare. Download a pdf …

Copyediting Checklist Field Guide

Copyeditors need to check spelling and grammar, ensure consistency, fix acronyms, improve readability…even make sure that URLs work!  A checklist can help. At Dragonfly, it’s helped us increase the quality and consistency of our editing. We hope it helps you, as well.  Download the pdf here.   1. DO YOUR HOUSEKEEPING Before you turn on Track Changes, tidy up the …

How to Create Thought Leadership Content That Hits the Spot

Thought leadership is a core content category for many organizations. Showcasing your industry expertise is a great way to build trust and spark interest in your products or services. This type of content can also help you promote company experts and establish a positive brand reputation.  And, yes, although thought leadership is part of a comprehensive marketing strategy, it also …

How Embracing Plain Language Can Make Your Writing Stand Out

Plain language is writing that is “clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience.” To use it, you don’t have to dumb down your material; even if you’re writing for an educated audience, these techniques will benefit your readers. Think of plain language as a science-based way to help convey your …

Seeking Full-Time Technical Copyeditor

Position: Full-Time Technical Copyeditor Location: Remote Salary: $50-$55K/year, depending on experience Here at Dragonfly Editorial, we help organizations working in complex B2B industries — including finance, healthcare, and security — communicate with clarity. They call on us to act as an extension of their communications teams, and we deliver under tight schedules or with ample lead time. With satisfied clients …