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5 Terrible, Typical Proposal Typos

Posted by Samantha Enslen on 9/9/15 2:30 PM

Writing a proposal can be stressful. We’re often working late at night, on tight deadlines, under lots of pressure.

In that environment, the typos can get truly terrible.

Here are some of the worst culprits -- problems I see again and again, in proposal after proposal.

Multiple personality disorder. Are you Team Smith, the Smith Team, or the Smith team? Pick one and stick with it. Otherwise, your customer may think you and your twin are bidding on the proposal.

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How to Edit a Proposal ... Vertically and Horizontally

Posted by Samantha Enslen on 8/18/15 2:23 PM


I talked with David Bol from Shipley Associates recently about proposal editing. He had a lot of insights. That should come as no surprise; he’s a senior VP at Shipley and has managed the content on hundreds of bids.

One of the distinctions David made was between what he called “vertical” and “horizontal” editing. Here's what he said.

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3 Reasons to Use a Proposal Editing Checklist

Posted by Samantha Enslen on 8/13/15 10:08 AM

I just got done teaching the most recent proposal editing course for OST Global Solutions. OST is run by APMP Fellow Olessia Smotrova-Taylor, and I've been helping her teach this course for the past two years.

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Proposal Editing: 3 Reasons Why It's Essential

Posted by Samantha Enslen on 8/4/15 9:42 AM

I spoke recently with David Bol from Shipley Associates about proposal editing.

David is a senior VP at Shipley, a leader in the capture and proposal world. He was quick to acknowledge that on smaller bids, editing may not be in the budget.

But on larger or critical bids, David said, editing is definitely recommended. Here's why. 

Reason #1: Editing Adds Value

“We believe that editing can add significant value to a proposal and dramatically affect its quality,” David told me. “Editors allow the source selection people to do exactly what they’re supposed to do—evaluate content, rather than get caught up in how many typos and inconsistencies are in the text.”

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How editors could have saved Obamacare

Posted by Samantha on 5/26/15 3:37 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court is soon expected to announce its decision in King v. Burwell, which deals with the Federal Government’s responsibility to pay for federal exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Not to brag, but…

Posted by Samantha on 5/13/15 9:34 AM

Dragonfly is the proud recipient of yet another round of awards for our exceptional writing, editing, and design work.

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The power of checklists

Posted by Samantha on 4/16/15 3:16 PM

I've been speaking a lot recently about the power of checklists.

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Learn editing from ACES, here in Ohio!

Posted by Samantha on 4/15/15 2:23 PM

Live in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, or parts nearby?

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Three cheers for us!

Posted by Samantha on 4/10/15 4:25 PM

As an agency, we don’t usually get to take credit for the work we do. But when awards season rolls around, it’s always fun to see how we measure up to other creative teams.

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Dragonfly and ACES go viral on BuzzFeed

Posted by Mary Dixon on 4/6/15 11:57 AM

The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference ended March 28, but the good vibes surrounding the event haven’t died down yet.

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