It’s not particularly funny when you arrive at the website of a so-called “association” of writers and find beaucoup mistakes. It just isn’t.

Here are a couple of easy-to-spot mistakes on one group’s introductory, thanks-for-joining email.

The Florida Writer’s Association is comprised of all volunteers.

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Attend the annual Florida Writers Conference at a lower member rate. Early Bird registration opens on April 1, 2018. To find out more about this year’s stellar line-up go to 2019 Annual Conference.

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This weekend I’m supposed to attend a meeting of the National Speakers Association’s Central Florida chapter. It’s almost a tank of gas (the Honda is waiting for parts, so it’s the Plan B car, and that’s a $60 tank), the cost is almost $80, and I have to bring my own lunch (which I don’t mind). The guest speaker had several mistakes in his posted promotional material, which may or may not be his fault, but if it’s not then he hasn’t learned the #1 rule of speaking, and that’s never trust your host. However, a cruise through his business website reveals the fact that he copy/pasted directly from the website, mistakes and all. And he’s going to tell me that he’s an author, has written more than 10,000 articles and blogs (the mind boggles), and that writing books is important for my speaking career. Gee, ya think?

I’d have to leave at 6:30 and would be back at around 3:30. On the gotta-go side is the fact that I’ve dovetailed my entire schedule to attend. Plus, there will be people there who I like very much. Plus, I want to show support for my chapter. On the negative side is that I’m so busy editing books that people actually care about that I can’t see straight.

I guess the bottom line is simple: Would I be better served taking that beautiful chunk of uninterrupted time and focus on my work, focus on people who care about their writing and are paying me to make them look professional or do I go up and hear someone tell me stuff I already know. Hmmm. Sort of an easy answer, huh?

People are busy. Your writing reflects your professionalism. If you can’t write, hire an editor, but be careful who you hire, ’cause there’s an awful lot of people running around who claim to be editors who ain’t.