Writing SOS

Copy Writing, Editing, Mentoring & Coaching Services

Do you have a manuscript, an essay, a grant application or other written content that you need professional help with?

 

Editing Services

The process of editing is an art form that can help get your message, or story, clearer and more effective. Not to mention, save you from those embarrassing spelling mistakes that you typed out late at night (it happns to d bast of us!).

As a writer (with an editor of my own), I understand all too well how vulnerable it can feel to share your writing. But this art form is less about “killing your darlings,” and more about cutting through the confusion and arriving at the heart of the matter. It means increasing your chances of landing that desirable job, a grant, or selling your product on your website. Often, we are too close to our material to have a critical, objective opinion on our own writing. This is where a knowledgeable editor can really help to take your writing to the next level.

Here are the types of editing services I offer:

  • Substantive/structural editing: Clarifying or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure
  • Stylistic editing: Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, polishing language, and other line-by-line editing.
  • Copy editing: Editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style.
  • Proofreading: Checking page for mechanical errors in copy, such as spelling mistakes.

My promise to you:

  • Professional and precise editing services. I take my work seriously.
  • Care about your work. If I agree to take you on as a client, that means I am fully invested in your project and will go the extra mile to see it through. If, on the other hand, I feel that another editor will be more suitable for your work, I will be honest and tell you.
  • A compassionate approach that seeks to support you as a writer, always.
  • Honest feedback that seeks to elevate your message/story.
  • Editing that is aligned with your desired purpose and target audience.
  • Timely completion of the work requested. I am fast and efficient.

Rate: C$60 / €45 Euro an hour (as recommended by ‘Editors Canada’). Although I am fast and efficient, the time it will take me to edit your document/script/content will largely depend on: 

  1. The level of editing you desire. Basic proofreading and general critique will take less time than a thorough structural and stylistic editing.
  2. Your draft. The more polished your draft, the less time it will take me to complete the final edits.

Therefore, if you wish to have a more accurate quote, I recommend that you send it along for the hourly editing rate, and I will get back to you with an estimate for the project.

What others are saying…

Imola’s feedback on my website copy was invaluable. She offered the perfect combination of deep listening, professional expertise, compassionate communication that resulted in CLARITY that I couldn’t have reached on my own. She will tease out what really matters in what you are articulating while keeping the reader’s point of you at the forefront to make sure your writing gets through to them. She is exactly who you want on your team – I highly recommend her as a copywriter and editor.

Csenge

Body Worker, The Breathing Room

Imola helped me polish my PHD proposal which elevated the quality of my writing enormously. Her enthusiasm and dedication to connect with the audience is contagious. As a copywriter, Imola possesses a rare blend of creativity and precision. She has an innate ability to craft compelling  and engaging communication based on the target audience. In addition to her writing prowess, Imola is also an exceptional text editor. She has a keen eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to accuracy, ensuring that all content is polished, error free, and aligned with the purpose of the project. Beyond her technical skills, Imola is a true team player who is always willing to listen, adjust, collaborate and go the extra mile.

Julia

PHD Candidate

Writing SOS Coaching Program

A comprehensive coaching program that will help you establish a daily routine that works best for you.

 

Do you have a pressing deadline that you worry that you will not meet? Have you lost your enthusiasm for the project that you are writing? Do you struggle to find focus and a healthy balance amidst the never-ending demands and life challenges?

Writing SOS is a comprehensive coaching program that will help you establish a daily routine that works best for you. This means devising both a practical plan as to how to complete your manuscript on time, AND how to keep sane (and even joyful!) as you write it.

This week-long program will include:

  1. A 60-90 minute long consultation with me (in-person or on Zoom) to understand your goals and various challenges.
  2. A detailed daily and weekly plan, tailored specifically for your needs.
  3. A conversation following this plan to make sure it resonates with you, and modify it if needed.
  4. 5 Daily check-ins during the week to keep you motivated and on track. These meetings of 30-45 minutes (depending on your preference) can also include simple yoga stretches (suitable for all levels of flexibility) meditations, and nutritional plans.

My promise to you:

  • Compassionate listening and no judgement.
  • Personalized and professional approach that addresses your unique challenges and circumstances.
  • It might surprise you, but FUN!
  • I will guide you closely and will be invested in your success.

Rate: C$450 / €300 Euro for a week of coaching, or C$300 / €200 for the consultation and written plan without the check-ins)

 

 

 

What others are saying…

At two weeks to go until a month-long period abroad, with mountains of PhD, house and family related tasks to finish, I was feeling completely overwhelmed. How was I going to get it all done in time? I’ve known Imola for years and had seen her overcome similar challenges with impressive equanimity and effectiveness, so I sent her an SOS: Could she help me come up with — and stick to — a work-yoga-meditation routine that would enable me to achieve these short-term goals while staying healthy in mind and spirit? She really delivered, even when a major, unexpected house problem emerged on top of everything else! I highly recommend Imola as your work-life balance guru, especially in those moments when things are getting out of hand!

Alayne

PHD student & mother

I had a difficult time writing my academic article all summer due to burnout from directing and producing my documentary, as well as disruptions from kitchen renovations and work on the house. Imola offered to spend a day with me and listened attentively to my struggles and why I was having difficulty. What I realized I was missing was a sense of structure. Imola helped me center myself, quiet my mind, and overcome the thought that I had failed or was about to fail. I got back to writing and delivered my draft on time to my editors. Imola has an innate sense of support for writing and the creative process, with sensitivity to all its stages, offering words of encouragement when needed. Anyone would be lucky to have her help them on their journey.

Georgiana

Marie Curie Researcher and documentary film director