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Answers to your questions about my writing and editing services

What happens when I need help with a large scale project (such as writing a strategy, plan or consultation document)?

 After meeting with you to understand your upcoming project I will provide you with a proposal for your consideration. This proposal may include a range of options, to ensure the writing and editing services you receive are a good match for your budget and requirements.

In the case of reviews and updates of major planning documents such as strategies and plans, this is likely to include some or all of the following tasks:

– reading the key document and making notes on the level of change required in terms of areas to improve, add and update

– review of relevant supporting information (e.g. updated best practice guidance from Audit NZ, new legislation and other councils’ approaches)

– discussions with subject experts to fill information gaps

– the writing and editing process

– drafting an executive summary

– further changes following the review process

– a memo or report to support adoption of the strategy or plan (or other type of council document).

How do I go about getting help with a small scale project (such as writing a council report or business case)?

After we have discussed your project I will provide you with an estimated cost (based on an hourly rate) for the completion of smaller scale projects. This estimate will not be exceeded without prior agreement with you.

How do I go about getting help with editing council documents

Once I have received your document I will provide you with an estimated cost for editing (based on an hourly rate). This estimate will not be exceeded without prior agreement with you.

How do I pay you?

I will send you an invoice at the end of each month of the project, with payment due by the 20th of the following month.

Specifically you bring to your team (and to Council) a remarkably positive can-do attitude that is backed up by clear strategic thinking and attention to detail.

Keith Marshall, Chief Executive, Nelson City Council 

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