My services

I offer a range of editorial skills to make sure written information is clear, accurate and meaningful. The finished content should not only make sense, it should also have a consistent style and tone, be easy to navigate and, perhaps most importantly, be right for the target audience (however wide that may be) and meet the intended purpose, such as encouraging people to take certain action or change their behaviour and practices.

The skills and services I can provide include:

  • research and analysis of emerging or existing issues
  • reviews and updates of current information
  • face-to-face and phone interviews
  • writing original content, including summaries of much longer, more complex documents
  • collating contributions from other people, such as in-house technical experts and senior managers
  • developmental editing – restructuring and rewriting existing drafts for readability and relevance
  • copyediting so content is clear, consistent and correct, ready for consultation or publication
  • advising on structure, tone and style, including creating a bespoke house style guide
  • managing feedback and incorporating suggested amendments in a balanced way
  • proofreading as a final check for errors, like spelling and punctuation mistakes or broken web links.

You may need one or more of these services, for a variety of written information aimed at different people and produced for a range of purposes. I have experience in developing:

  • information to help groups of service users
  • general advice for the public
  • guidance for staff and managers to support better ways of working and individual development
  • case studies to share achievements and lessons learned
  • external and internal websites and web pages to support targeted initiatives
  • policy and strategy documents to improve practice at national, regional and local level
  • research reports that set out evidence and findings clearly
  • corporate information to support compliance with guidelines, regulations and legislation.

Exactly what you require may not be immediately obvious. I’d be happy to talk through your project so that together we can agree what support would be most helpful (and when) to reach the best outcome within your timescales and budget. 

You can find out more about my usual rates here.