CHARITY AND PUBLIC SECTOR

- editorial services and portfolio -

Writing in the charity and public sectors has to strike a careful balance. Whatever you call your target audience – customers, beneficiaries, users, stakeholders, members – your messaging must engage and motivate, but at the same time accountability and accuracy are crucial. From prospectuses to annual reports and from how-to books to white papers, I can help you to hone your text into an effective and precise document that is consistent with your vision and mission.

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Skills and experience

  • Over eight years’ experience editing materials both by charities (e.g. magazines and promotional copy directed at beneficiaries) and for charities (governance, fundraising, legal, financial, management and more)
  • Wide experience of adapting to and enhancing each client’s individual voice, message and brand, including harmonising writing by multiple authors
  • Both print and digital workflows (familiar with HTML, XML and CSS)
  • Adept with various style guides (e.g. APA, Chicago, Guardian, Hart’s Rules and MLA), and can quickly adapt to clients’ house styles or develop a bespoke style guide from scratch
  • Familiar with variants of English including British and American
  • Considerable experience with highly illustrated and technical books and reports
  • Dexterity with referencing: can convert between systems, research missing information and implement stylistic consistency
  • Practised at working with authors across disciplines, cultures, languages and language abilities
  • Extensive experience coordinating with suppliers (freelance and non) around the world: I can suggest suppliers or work with your existing network (for project management)

Services

  • Project management

  • Developmental editing

  • Copyediting

  • Proofreading: general

  • Proof-editing

What our clients and colleagues say

Thanks so much for your help over the years – I’ve always been able to send the magazine to the printers with 100% certainty that there will be no typos, howlers or spelling mistakes included thanks to your thorough work on each issue!

- Dom Hall, Content Manager, National Osteoporosis Society

 

I’d appreciate it if you could pass on my thanks to Hazel for her work on this – it’s been of a consistently high quality and she’s been incredibly helpful throughout the entire process.

- researcher/writer for a charity’s report

 

You made our work read a million times better so for that I am extremely grateful.

- charity client

 

Thank you so much for your careful and thorough work on this. Wonderful job.

- charity client

 

I’ve checked through the proofs and you’ve made everything incredibly clear.

- charity client

 

Publication types

  • Reports

    Working to ensure accuracy and clarity while ensuring the language and presentation are suitable for the intended audience.

  • Marketing and other outward-facing materials

    Enhancing the consistency of your brand message and the professional image of your organisation.

  • Websites and other digital copy

    Ensuring grammatical consistency and clarity of language while providing quality assurance on technical aspects as required.

  • Magazines and series

    Ensuring the consistency of your message across a series of publications, helping you to build a relationship with your readers.

  • Prospectuses and pamphlets

    Tightly controlling the presentation of the information while ensuring your messaging and language present your organisation in the best possible light.

  • Books

    Working closely with authors to hone their manuscript into a rigorously presented text that showcases their ideas in the most effective way.

Portfolio

Subject areas

I work across most areas of charity and public sector writing, but following are some areas in which I have particular experience and expertise:

  • Communications with beneficiaries/customers/members/users
  • Demographics
  • Fundraising
  • Governance and trusteeship
  • Innovation and ideas
  • Learning and education (check out my education services if your organisation produces educational materials)
  • Management
  • Museums (art, history, curating, fashion)
  • Politics
  • Religion and faith
  • Volunteering

Clients and publishers

Following are some of the clients I have worked with on text either by charities and public sector organisations or about the sector. (Some of my work in this area is confidential, so this is a select list.)

  • Behavioural Insights Team
  • Commonwealth Exchange
  • Directory of Social Change
  • National Osteoporosis Society
  • Quakers in Britain
  • University of Gloucestershire

What I’m most proud of

Managing Without Profit, Mike Hudson, 4th edition (Directory of Social Change, 2017)

  • Cornerstone text of the charity sector
  • Update of previous edition with new text integrated
  • Almost 500 pages
  • Extensive referencing
  • Numerous figures, tables and other features
Managing Without Profit cover

Other example publications

  • Sector Insight: UK Armed Forces Charities (Directory of Social Change and FiMT, 2020)
  • Complete Volunteer Management Handbook, Rob Jackson et al. (Directory of Social Change, 2019)
  • Osteoporosis News (members’ magazine, National Osteoporosis Society, regular proofreader for eight years)
  • Openings to the Infinite Ocean: A Friendly Offering of Hope (2020 Swarthmore Lecture), Tom Shakespeare (Quakers in Britain, 2020)
  • Confidential reports by government think tanks and other public sector organisations

 

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