I write and/or edit nonfiction documents for government, small business, schools, postgraduate students and community organisations.
Here are the basic steps of my work process so you know up-front how I do what I do and how we can work well together:
1. Fill out my contact form
Whether you are after my editing or writing services (or both), you’ll see that on my Contact page there’s a detailed form for you to fill out. Please include as much detail as possible. This means we can both clear from the start about what your project is all about: how big it is, what you want to achieve and what exactly you want me to do.
For editing projects, in order to provide an accurate quote and turnaround time, I need to see your manuscript. I may do a 1,000-word sample edit for you so that you can see the quality of my work before deciding to hire me. I normally do this without charge.
I will provide you with a quotation that will include details about what I have agreed to do for you, and when I will deliver. For writing projects, any research I need to do, or interviews, will be included in the quote. Turnaround times vary, depending on what other work I have on at the same time, but I will be clear about how I intend on meeting your deadline in the quote.
3. Booking fee ($100) and 50% deposit
To accept my quote and book a spot in my schedule, you pay a $100 booking fee. I then normally commence work on your project after receipt of a 50% deposit. Different arrangements may be negotiated for clients whose procurement processes operate outside this timeline and for postgraduate students relying on a grant who put me in touch with their university’s finance department.
4. Work commences
My preferred method for editing is to use track changes and comments in Word. This is the quickest way to edit in a digital format. I can then email your document back to you (or if it is very large, I will send a Dropbox link). Once you receive the marked-up version of your document, you can choose which edits to accept or reject.
If you need me to edit on PDF, I can mark those up using the various tools provided by Adobe Acrobat, however this takes longer than it does to edit in Word.
Most writing projects are straight forward and are done in Word. I am very happy to discuss any other specific requirements you may have in relation to research in the scoping stage.
Please note that I do all my own work myself. I do not subcontract your project out to anyone else. That way I can ensure your project will receive the highest-quality attention.
5. Final payment and delivery of work
Once I have worked my editing and/or writing magic for you, I will send you an invoice for the balance (minus the $100 booking fee) and deliver your completed project by our agreed-upon deadline.
Styles and standards
For general editing, I adhere to the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) Australian standards for editing practice and for thesis editing, I adhere to the IPEd Guidelines for editing research theses (2019).
My default style guide is the latest version of the (now online) Australian government style manual. I will write or edit according to any university or house style guide or other conventions, according to your specific needs.
My default guides for Australian spelling are the most recent versions of the Macquarie Dictionary and Macquarie Thesaurus, however, I will of course write or edit according to your preferred dictionary.