I work with authors on blogs, books, and reports and papers of all kinds, such as case studies, proposals, and briefs.
How Can I Help?
Think of me as your expert partner.
Your knowledge of your organization, clients, and industry combined with my ability to quickly learn your concerns will produce the writing you need.
Working with a ghostwriter saves you time and strengthens your professional reputation.
We start with your outline or draft. I ask detailed questions tailored to you and what you need to accomplish.
I’ll guide you through an audience analysis to make certain we understand your readers and how to effectively write for them. Assessing your readers’ beliefs, knowledge, and assumptions is critical to your success. Your case study or report can be clear, well-organized, and error-free, but it may fall flat on its face if it isn’t pitched to your intended audience.
After this preliminary but vital work, I take your draft or outline and create the written product you need. My experience with the following situations will let us put your project to bed successfully:
Your project doesn’t need to be a book-length opus to benefit from a ghostwriter. I’ve worked with authors of blogs, briefs, and case studies of 500 to a few thousand words.
I’ve also worked on reports of over 600 pages. Lengthy reports are manageable with my careful eye for necessary detail and tight organization. Inconsistencies are hunted down. Unneeded repetition is banished. (Is repetition ever needed? You bet!)
Excessively Long Projects
If your team has created a report or proposal that is just too long, I can shorten it with judicious, thoughtful cutting. The writing will be reorganized and sharpened without altering the content.
If your project has more than one writer, I’ll combine your different styles into a single, seamless voice.
I’ve worked on papers by authors from 38 countries on six continents. If your team includes ESL writers, I can blend their contributions into the final document flawlessly.
The Process, continued
We’ll touch base a few times as the work develops to make sure we’re progressing as planned. This collaborative approach brings the project in on time and avoids massive, tear-your-hair-out revisions as the project deadline looms.
Be wary of ghostwriters who offer you a single round of revisions at the end of a project. They’ll meet with you, ask questions, leave, and return with a finished product you’ll see for the first time when they turn it in. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like surprises.
I don’t work that way. We’ll collaborate on your project so you know what to expect, and when. No surprises.
Here’s what one client had to say about working with me:
What I found particularly helpful in your work was your ability to take my rough draft documents, and, after an extended conversation about the issues covered in them and the audiences to which they would be submitted, you rewrote, reorganized, reframed them into more coherent, compelling reports. You were able to understand and grasp the context, to understand the stakeholders and what they needed or wanted to know, and to make the entire rewrite seem seamless and very close to my original intent and language. I have never worked with a writer who didn’t insert more of their own language or thinking into a document, and you did not do that, which is a remarkable skill.
Priscilla Kimboko, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
What Am I Known For?
I’m known for listening carefully and respectfully to my clients and responding with targeted, goal-oriented writing. I have a strong work ethic: I deliver as promised, on time.
As one long-time client put it,
Elaine has a unique combination of skills that enables her to be extremely effective in developing communications materials for professionals. In working with her I’ve found these talents to include great (not just good) listening skills.
Marydale DeBor, Fresh Advantage®, Boston, MA
Another client wrote,
You quickly understood what I was looking for and took ownership of all the steps needed to get the job done effectively, which included interviewing subjects and writing the content into an interesting case study that incorporated technical information. Your efforts were able to integrate well into the rest of the work.
Cheryl Baldwin, Pure Strategies (current), Reston, VA