artful editing & copywriting
Welcome to Alison Hall Editorial!
I'm here to help you bring more polish and clarity to your written work, whatever the context.
I can add sparkle and punch to static web copy or patiently proofread a complex report. I love a strict style guide as much as I love breaking a rule or two if it serves your message.
Among my current and former clients are entrepreneurs, small business owners, communications agencies, health coaches, bloggers, diarists, professional speakers, and nonprofits.
Read on for specifics on how I can help you engage the people you most want to reach.
WEB COPY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Who You Are
Been putting off writing your bio? I'll give you an AI version—Authentically Interesting!—that engages customers, inspires confidence, and sounds like you.
What You Do
Hand over all your complex ideas and half-written drafts and I'll send back a clear and compelling narrative.
PROFESSIONAL COPYEDIT FOR AUTHORS AND BLOGGERS
My goal is to connect you with readers—to get your message across in your voice as clearly and elegantly as possible.
This starts with cleaning up errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, and usage. But it doesn’t stop there! We’ll work together to improve the flow and pacing of your sentences, to improve transitions and reduce clichés, to get readers not just to understand you but to love reading your work.
Just want grammar, spelling, and glaring errors found and fixed? My proofreading service is for copy that is in great shape but needs fresh eyes for that final pass.
Complete privacy protection, the highest customer service, and the cleanest possible output
Pricing information follows. Have other questions?
Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
AUTHORS AND BLOGGERS
Take your writing from good to great.
Marketing that sounds like you
Crafting messages that get you booked
Your expertise, plus clarity and flow
FREE EDITING FOR NONPROFITS
Let me help your cause.
COPYEDITING & POLISHING
The fee for this service, two full editing passes, starts at $35/hr. Lots of flexibility with payment terms!
I'll start with a free, sample edit of up to 500 words and return it to you with a specific cost estimate and proposed schedule.
The fee for web copywriting, newsletter articles, blog posts, scriptwriting, or development of marketing materials is customized for each client. I'm happy to work with a flat project fee or at an hourly rate.
The fee for proofreading starts at $25/hr.
After proofing a 500-word sample, I will send a specific time and cost estimate.
The fee for transcription is $25 per hour (or $1.66 per audio minute).
How Long Will it Take?
It takes four hours to transcribe one hour of audio, assuming clear sound and no more than two speakers.
I love putting sentences together!
Give me a tortured paragraph and I'll soon have it singing.
My bio, quick version: After earning a BA in English from Colgate University, I returned home to become a reporter at my small-town newspaper. This job cured me of writer’s block (reporters had to submit at least three stories by 9 a.m. every day) and revealed my knack for headline writing. I soon moved on, heading to New York City to join Institutional Investor magazine, where I honed my copyediting skills under the guidance of an invaluable mentor who taught me to question everything.
I hopped over to the other side of the tracks when I was accepted into the creative writing program at Boston University, getting a master’s degree in fiction writing in 1992.
Then I put all of the above skills to work during nearly 25 years as writer and editor at a group of magazines covering business travel, conference planning, adult education, employee motivation, and the power of live events.
Throughout, I've loved playing with words and finding the musicality in a beautiful sentence. As a copyeditor, I know the rules and follow them, but I can bend them too, if that will carry readers along rather than put them off.
My magazine career took me around the world and taught me a ton. But I've always been most truly happy in the editor’s chair, facing fresh text that needs my knowledge to make it right and my ear to make it great.