Writing, re-writing and substantive editing services

I can assist with:

  • re-writing and updating existing documents, including company policies
  • drafting claim forms and official documentation (see Project 1 below)
  • creating copy for websites and advertising material
  • substantive editing of articles for compliance with journal requirements (Project 2 below)
  • personal writing projects and memoirs.

Fees for such work are on an hourly basis.

Project 1: Restructuring/rewriting grievance statement for industrial tribunal: Initial assessment of the prepared grievance statement revealed that an objective point of view would improve the clarity and strength of the statement. As was to be expected, the client was too close to his text, and had intermingled emotional and factual issues. The solution was to restructure the text under meaningful headings, while retaining the author's material as far as possible. Factual and personal material was presented separately, giving a cleaner and stronger presentation of the client's story.

Project 2: Restructuring article and reducing word-count: This involved the editing of an article of c. 9000 words to reduce it to the c. 2000 words required by a particular journal. Initial assessment revealed the most important ideas and arguments, which had been repeated under a number of headings and mixed in with other material. The solution was to entirely restructure the article, and to move text to relevant sections, thus presenting a logical progression of ideas. Repetition and redundant elements were removed, and decisions made in conjunction with the author as to which sections could be omitted, thus preserving the strongest ideas. With such a drastic reduction of word count required, all superfluous clauses/words were removed, leaving clear, grammatically correct text.

Phone +353 86 057 4774