Lost for words?

Case stories, brochures, tenders, social media posts . . . words are an essential part of your communication. Whatever your line of business, your language needs to be clear, correct and compelling. Let me help.

PROOFREADING —— Business-to-business communication, online content, promotional material, product packaging . . . if it has words, I’ll proof it. So let me run through your text to ensure it is clear, consistent, persuasive and free of errors. I’m happy to work on paper or on an emailed pdf.

EDITING —— Clear and concise expression is the key to compelling communication. Even the finest prose benefits from another pair of eyes. Whether you’re after a quick once-over or a structural edit/rewrite, I can help. Length isn’t an issue, either: I’m as happy editing a hundred words as I am tackling an in-depth essay, a company report or a book. Some examples are here.

WRITING —— I’ve written over a dozen non-fiction books (see examples), and I’ve written hundreds of partwork articles on a wide range of topics. I also write for businesses, covering material such as website text, case stories, white papers, thought-leader series and team biographies. So if your needs call for writing or editing or something between the two, let’s talk.

For all services, I charge an hourly rate rounded to quarter-hour units, with monthly billing as standard.

Why choose me? I have three decades of experience, a chameleon’s sense of local colour and context, and a firm grip on the English language. Short deadlines are often not a problem; if you’re in a pinch, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

My grammar blog

Please take a moment, too, to look at my blog on grammar, syntax and style. It’s still pretty new, but I’ll be posting regularly, and building it up into a (free!) reference tool. Scroll down for the ‘Follow’ button.

Why grammar? Older folks will tell you that grammar, spelling and stylistic consistency have died, and that our language has gone to the dogs. And that since we all chat in TXT SPK, and shops are too scared to use an apostrophe (‘childrens clothing’ . . . ‘mens magazines’), no one cares anyway.

Or do they?

If your job involves writing of any sort, you need to know that linguistic abuse can cause more than a storm in a nerd’s teacup. Sometimes it can make trouble.

Say you’re a media professional, or you scout for new clients, or you have to write an online bio, or a sales pitch, or a job description/application, or some website content, or a tender, or whatever. If you produce poorly written text, it could be confusing or factually ambiguous. It could cost you credibility, clients, a contract, a promotion. You do not want to look bad when you need to look good.

This is where I can help.

I like rescuing clients from word purgatory, and recently I decided I should spread the love. So I’m sharing some tips on grammar, style, punctuation and syntax. I don’t cover every point in the rule book, but focus instead on issues that crop up frequently. I hope you’ll find it useful — but not so useful that you stop putting work my way . . .

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