Andrew Melvin

About me

I have been editing, proofreading, and/or writing for more than 20 years, and I can help you produce text that is concise, effective, and correct.

Having held senior editorial positions at major newspapers, I am highly experienced in producing material that grabs readers’ attention. I look forward to editing copy on any subject, but my specialist areas include news material (press releases, newsletters, reports, etc.), actuarial science, the media, films, and music.

The author always comes first, and I will work to improve your copy without altering your voice. I will also provide constructive feedback so that together we can help a document achieve its full potential.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you need, or visit www.icaneditthat.com.

Services

  • Editing – this could involve everything from checking your spelling to rewriting paragraphs in order to strengthen your message. I will ensure your text is readable and powerful
  • Proofreading – checking your copy repeatedly to spot the typing errors and glitches that occasionally slip past even the most careful writer
  • Writing – whether you need a one-off piece or regular material for a newsletter, blog or other publishing platform

Experience

  • Five years as English editor at the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, setting the editorial standards for all kinds of documents targeted at thousands of actuaries, plus regulators, the media, and financial professionals
  • Sixteen years editing and writing for newspapers
  • Trainer and/or mentor for journalists and editors
  • Author of two books (SF and fantasy)

Qualifications and awards

  • Professional Member of the SfEP
  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
  • National Council for the Training of Journalists’ National Certificate Examination

Recent clients

  • The International Actuarial Association
  • Wonder
  • A prominent tech company

John Espirian

About me

I provide freelance technical writing services to anyone looking for simple, clear documentation. I also write website copy, create screencasts, edit text and more. I specialise in IT and web projects, but I can apply my skills to almost any type of work.

Find out more by visiting www.espirian.co.uk.

Services

  • Technical writing using Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE100 standard)
  • Copywriting
  • Website editing
  • Creating user manuals and online help
  • Screencasting (creating instructional videos)

Experience

  • More than 15 years of experience in IT and the web
  • SfEP internet director (member of the SfEP council)
  • SfEP South Wales local group coordinator
  • Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC) South Wales Area Group Coordinator
  • Pro member of the Professional Copywriters’ Network

Qualifications and awards

Recent clients

  • BSkyB
  • Virgin Media
  • WEMS

Testimonials

John’s ability to understand the product, the impact of the changes and come up with creative solutions to convey our message was first class.

Chris Plumbley, Senior Project Manager, Sky.com

Thanks for all your hard work John. This was a very complex piece of work and I think you’ve done a fantastic job.

Tony Cooper, Senior eCare Manager, Virgin Media

John’s ability to self-manage the process and take ownership of delivery has made it a pleasure to work with him. I would strongly recommend John to anyone.

Joe Blower, Technical Director, WEMS International