I’m available for three kinds of work: writing, editing, and proofreading. These are intentionally broad categories, because I like to keep myself open to all enquiries. My rate depends on the complexity of the work, and how much background research is required. If you send me a brief description of the job you need doing (via this form), I’ll get back to you with a quote within 24 hours.
For more info on how I approach things, read on!
I’m available for many kinds of writing. My past experience is quite varied, ranging from blog posts and technical articles to short stories and plays. Here’s an (inexhaustive) list of what I can help you with:
- Blog posts. If you need a regular contributor for your blog—or even just a one-off piece on a specific topic—I’m your man. I’m happy to write on all topics, but particular areas of interest include history, travel, politics, art, literature, and medicine.
- Technical writing. I have a knack for putting complex ideas into simple words. My experience in the medical world taught me how to translate challenging scientific concepts into something that patients could understand; this is a lesson that has gone on to inform my writing style.
- Copywriting. My background in customer support puts me in good stead when it comes to writing strong, persuasive content. I’m available for all copywriting enquiries—whether you need a well-written newsletter, compelling text for your website, or something else entirely.
I have a lot of editing experience, and I’m happy to take on most editing jobs! I’ve previously worked as the chief editor of Listverse, and also as the editor of Placebo, a medical school magazine. I am especially handy when it comes to university essays or postgraduate dissertations—i.e., documents which require a lot of careful reading and thoughtful consideration that might be beyond the scope of some editors. I’m also happy to edit works of fiction (I write fiction myself and recently won the Field of Words international short story competition).
As an editor, I pride myself on going beyond what is generally expected of people in this industry. Some editors—even the most experienced ones—try to go through a document as quickly as possible, essentially to maximise their hourly rate. This emphasis on speed is fine if the editor is skilful enough, but it can often lead to unsatisfactory results. What I can promise you is that I’ll take as much time as I need to do a thorough job, and never less than that. I aim for client satisfaction perhaps more than most, because it’s through referrals (or repeat commissions) that I get most of my work.
(Note: If you already know the difference between editing and proofreading, you can skip this paragraph.) Proofreading is a service that tends to be kept distinct from editing. While editors examine the overall structure of a written piece, and assess the flow and purpose of each sentence, proofreaders pay close attention to the small mistakes of spelling or grammar that can detract from an otherwise excellent piece of writing.
Personally, when I edit a text I do my best to notice the sort of mistakes that proofreaders specialize in. Most good editors do the same. In saying that, if you want to guarantee that your work is error-free, it’s worth hiring a dedicated proofreader after an editor has already gone through it. I’m happy to proofread all types of writing; my aim in this case is to ensure that you’re not embarrassed by little mistakes popping up after publishing, and that your work looks as professional as possible. It’s amazing how a misplaced comma or misspelled Latin phrase (bonafied doctor, anyone?) can turn some people off!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you!