Precision English
Precision English

Precision English

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Introduction: Web Content - Marketing Collateral - Blogs - Whitepapers - Grant Proposals & Business Plans - Dissertations - Scientific and Technical Papers - Book Manuscripts I bring together wide and deep experience in both editing and writing, which are really on a continuum with straight-up copyediting at one end and 100% original researched text on the other. Most projects I do fall somewhere in between, working with my client as collaborator. I can help you shape what you need said. Besides being a master of English grammar, syntax, and style, I am literate in IT, clean energy, biotechnology, medicine, law, political economy, and other technical fields. And now, working with my partners, I can also create a campaign on Facebook for you. NOTE: I have long and wide experience editing academic dissertations and theses as long as the ideas and arguments are the student's own and they're doing their own research. What I *won't* do is ghostwrite papers for students. I'm a former professor, and I believe that having someone else write your paper is unethical as well as a betrayal of your own education. Writing and Information Design: Whether it's copy or content you need, I can rewrite text you already have, I can build on your outline or storyboard, or I can work from your personal or company information assets to create something entirely new based on an analysis of your needs and employing the right keywords. In my decades as a journeyman professional writer, I've learned the rules and conventions of multiple genres, and I can match the tone and style you require. When I'm not doing this, I'm a widely published poet, and with my knack for compression and vivid metaphor I can make taglines and slogans snap. Editing: I can spruce up your text with a light touch, I can take it apart and put it back together--or anything in between. I have a technical background, I've worked with a lot of scientists and engineers, and I can help you convey your information clearly and concisely, whether it's a report, a whitepaper, or copy for your b2b website. But I also taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing for two decades--former students of mine have books out with major publishers--and I can help you tell a story too, whether it's a memoir or a novel. Branding: Whether you're a startup and want brand positioning help or are looking to rebrand because your business has evolved, I can work with you to shape your brand image--the look and feel of your brand, verbally and graphically. We'll get it done for you. Bottom line: I'm a quick study with a huge knowledge base, and I can write and/or edit to your specifications with clarity, accuracy, and grace--quickly, reliably, and at reasonable rates.
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Kathleen C.

Writing and Editing Services

I couldn't have asked for a better person to help me with a very difficult situation. I highly recommend him he is a kind and patient person with great with great writing ability. Thank you so much.
Precision English's reply
Thanks, Kathleen. It was a pleasure to help you out. I really hope you win your case, because you deserve it.
Oct 17, 2021
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Richard M.

Writing and Editing Services

I've been working with Adam on a book manuscript since Sep 2020 and am working with him going forward. I really appreciated his editing suggestions that also maintained my voice. His grasp of the material was exceptional. I look forward to our future cooperative efforts. Highly recommend Adam for his editorial skills and personal support.
Feb 8, 2021
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Shane N.

Writing and Editing Services

My book would be nowhere close to publication quality as it is now without Adam (Precision English). He has been thorough in editing and necessary for development of it. Not afraid to tell me when my logic needs adjustment or expanding on. For whatever your work, Adam is the editor you need!
Nov 6, 2020
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Bob E.

Writing and Editing Services

I really enjoyed working with Adam. His broad knowledge of the subject matter of my project was a big bonus as was the extra effort he put in to support it. The final document he provided was a much improved version of what I gave him.
Feb 8, 2021
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Brenda N.

Writing and Editing Services

I had a great experience with Precision English. I receive quality editing with great attention to detail. I would highly recommend.
Mar 6, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My pricing is variable and somewhat intuitive according to what the prospect says about what they want done and their current situation. For example, I generally charge students a lower rate for editing than I would an employed or self-employed professional; and I will also charge less for writing for a startup or very small firm that I will for a larger company or organization. For any job over $200, I will ask for a 50% deposit, with the balance payable on completion.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    With Thumbtack, I have usually already sent samples as links and attachments, so they have an idea of my capabilities. My preferred way to proceed is to have them give me a sense of the type and scope of work, whether by email or in a phone or Skype consultation. We continue to use whichever channel they prefer for conversation, though email is still best for transferring files. Once we're agreed on price and deadline, I ask them to send me the informational resources I'll need for the job and let me know of any research I'll need to do. With web copy, that could be notes, rough drafts, a business plan or pitch deck, a whitepaper, or the like. With editing, I just ask to see the draft. Sometimes a client will want a ballpark quote for the job as a whole once I have that, and sometimes they're okay with proceeding on a per-hour basis. As a precondition, many customers ask me to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), which is fine. I even have boilerplate for that. At that point, I prepare a Work Order that lays out the work to be done and prices per item or else just the hourly rate. Once signed by the client and myself, this doubles as a contract. On projects over $200, I usually require a down payment of 50 percent. When the project is completed to the client's satisfaction, I request a review.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I hold a Master's in English and a BA in English and Spanish. I was a professor of English and Writing for 21 years. I hold a California Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential. I have written $200,000 in funded grants from both government and private foundations I have been a professional editor and writer at least part-time since 1986. I have edited technical and scientific books and articles, dissertations and theses, user guides and manuals, memoirs, self-help books, novels, web copy, children's books, textbooks, and much else. I have written print and web advertising copy, marketing collateral (emails, flyers, brochures), web content, business proposals, executive summaries, pitch decks, instructional materials, whitepapers, blog posts, and feature articles for trade publications. I can write in any style, and I'm a quick study on subject matter.

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