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“A writer is someone who finds writing difficult”

– Thomas Mann

Another way of putting it is that, when you have a message you really need to express, you do not have any problem saying it or making a note about it: the idea is clear in your mind. But to make that message clear on the page, and to make it shine, you might need the help of a painstaking professional.

I can help with what you need in writing, at any stage, right up until it is goes to the printing press, or you have pressed Send.

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“A writer is someone who finds writing difficult”

– Thomas Mann

Another way of putting it is that, when you have a message you really need to express, you do not have any problem saying it or making a note about it: the idea is clear in your mind. But to make that message clear on the page, and to make it shine, you might need the help of a painstaking professional.

I can help with what you need in writing, at any stage, right up until it is goes to the printing press, or you have pressed Send.

What I do for you
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FROM MY CLIENTS

  • Rory is a leading authority on the work of Owen Barfield, the author and philosopher who shaped the creative imagination of his friends C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. In his work with the Owen Barfield Literary Estate, Rory has shown insight and a patient enthusiasm for uncovering the truth. Deploying his investigative skills to great effect, he has been able to share with us the illuminating results of his research. His ability to summarize and clearly communicate complex ideas, and thereby inform a growing public, has furthered our understanding of the ‘evolution of consciousness’.

    Owen A. Barfield
    Literary Trustee, Owen Barfield Literary Estate

  • Rory is an excellent and reliable editor. He brings his considerable intelligence to the task. He is always alert to where writing is not as clear as it could be, where there is a slide into jargon – in fact to every possible problem. Having asked what I preferred, he handles these for me with suggestions, rather than alerting them in the text: a communicative approach that I very much appreciate. Rory has edited articles for media for me as well as business proposals and presentations. I will certainly be using Rory’s services again and would unhesitatingly recommend him.

    Jean Callanan
    Marketing Strategist, Momenta Hub

  • Our company was exhibiting at MIPIM in France. This is one of the biggest property-sector shows around the world. We asked Rory to write us clear and attractive promotional literature for our target audience, who were often non-native English speakers. I was very impressed by how easily he transferred technical details and complex projects into words which were easy to understand. In the week before the show started we had to change the presentation style a bit and Rory solved all of that in style. Since we were in France already at that time we had to communicate by e-mail and he was as passionate, reliable and friendly as ever. If you need some similar service, do get in contact with Rory.

    Michael Grünert
    Logistics Consultant, MGC (GB)

My strongpoints in working with a client who needs high-quality copywriting or copyediting

Attention to your specific wishes

Explaining complex things clearly

fact- and quote-checking

cultural sensitivity in relation to local or international forms of English, and proper names

Having the intended audience in mind at all times

interviewing and listening to the client before writing to find out what they need

practical suggestions when an argument can be improved or a better example given

Careful rephrasing of content, for utmost ease of reading

Appropriate phrasing where material is written to be spoken

speedy service and accessibility to client

Copywriting

I have previously written copy used as advertising material at an international property exhibition, and written a number of websites’ content from scratch. 

Advertising copy
Website copy
Professional Bios
Podcast Scripts
Advertising copy
Website copy
Professional Bios
Podcast Scripts

If it sounds like I can help you, get in touch for a preliminary talk about how we can work together

Copyediting

Closer to publication-time, I have edited articles for publication in HuffPost, business proposals, and content for websites. I have regularly edited newsletters and checked job applications under tight deadlines. I have worked often with graduate students who are writing their theses, for whom English is a second language.

Business Proposals
Articles for Publication
Job Applications
Newsletters
Theses and School Papers
Business Proposals
Articles for Publication
Job Applications
Newsletters
Theses and School Papers

If it sounds like I can help you, get in touch for a preliminary talk about how we can work together

Commissions

If you have looked at the writing on this website, or seen my stuff elsewhere, and considered idly the possibility that it may be worth commissioning me to write an article, get in touch: before unseemly doubts begin to cross your mind.

Obviously many topics that have impassioned me appear on the website, and topics adjacent to these are welcome. But really anything is worth running by me. One strength of mine is research, so I can get up to speed, quick.

Explaining complex things clearly is another strength. And I will always bring real feeling and thinking to matters: can’t help that.

Articles
Research
Concepts and Storylines
Ghostwriting
Articles
Research
Concepts and Storylines
Ghostwriting

If it sounds like I can help you, get in touch for a preliminary talk about how we can work together!

Astrology

I don’t “believe” in astrology. And I am not going on to say, instead, that I know it to be true or real. Rather, I’m disturbed by it. What astrology offers is complete, apt, language of every facet of consciousness, that would be worth engaging with, even if not a single one of its time-based manifestations were accurate. The disturbing part is that what an astrologer can tell you often does have an eerie prescience.

So here is an offering from me to anyone who cares to take it – which I hope means you. We can have a great conversation about your life, and about what you might expect to come up in the next year or two. Starting now. When we meet, I’ll just start talking: saying things about what might be shown in your birth chart (everyone should at least have a look at this strange representation of their time of birth), and about the character, for you, of the time you are in now. And we’ll just see if it rings any bells.

I can promise that this will only befuddle you to the extent that it illuminates aspects of your life. In other words, if it’s a load of nonsense, you can forget it. If it works for you, you may be confused, but you may also profit, gain clarity, be made hopeful by it.

This is free as a breeze. I am a student of this language of consciousness and just want to talk about it – and to learn from you, believe it or not! So you’ll not just be doing yourself a kindness. But if you do want to get in touch, please do it for your own good.

All I need are your date and place of birth, and your time of birth. We can talk in person or online. I would look forward to it: and thanks.

Patreon

Not so much a service, as the hope of a gift.

Patreon (for anyone not familiar with it) is a safe and easy means by which you can give a monthly subscription to people creating content that means something to you. A subscription from you allows me to continue writing and making podcasts regularly on this website, while also continuing to fossick for gold as a freelance. It is a real potential sustainer for me. I cannot put a certain aspect of the generosity this requires better than Richard Seymour has:

You cannot pay for good writing… And you can’t subscribe to a life-changing experience. All you can do is pay for writing to happen, and see what comes.”

To that extent, my subscribers have my sincere apologies. At any rate – in addition to helping my regular writing and fortnightly podcasts appear – as a Patreon subscriber, at the end of every month you will receive an extra article written exclusively for subscribers.

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