Don’t be too embarrassed to ask for help. Even the best journalists need a little assistance from an editor. And you, dear, aren’t the best of journalists. You do need an editor. This article you wrote for Yahoo! Shine really is not good. And I’m just speaking of the grammar, spelling, and punctuation stuff.
Let’s just assume you were out of the room when your third-grade teacher taught the class to put a comma between a city and country. It’s not your fault!
And I’ll overlook the fact that the company you work for doesn’t use a style guide to tell you when to spell out a number and when to use numerals. And your employer doesn’t care about a silly little hyphen in a compound adjective like six-month and doesn’t care if you’re writing about a hotel called Villa or The Villa:
It’s not your fault if you forgot to tell us just what Barton G. Weiss is “the president, owner and founder” of. (Really, who cares?) And the one big standout here, which is a misspelling, is a minor slip:
Pronouns? Pfffft! So you start writing about guests and rather than refer to them with stupid pronouns like their and them, you switch to speaking to the reader. That’s getting personal! Bringing your reader in! An editor would only make this sentence grammatically correct, and who needs that kind of interference?
OK, so here you decide that the hotel is called The Villa, which is the actual name, so you got something right:
And an editor would only mess with your creative use of the comma and your disdain for the hyphen in another compound adjective:
This isn’t a brand-new mistake; in fact, you and other Yahoo! writers are rather fond of it:
Maybe I was wrong. Maybe you don’t need an editor. You’re doing fine. Or at least you’re doing as well as the other writers and editors who work for Yahoo!. Forget I mentioned the whole editor-thing.