As a native English speaker with 20+ years’ experience in editorial management, I can help you improve your international image.
By using value-based communication, I'll make your written English stand out so that it
inspires & educates your audience.
"To write is to make oneself the echo of what cannot cease speaking."
- Arnold Bennett
During a first consultation, I delve deeper into understanding your business mission, strategy and needs, before I direct my attention to the goals of your company.
In order to maximise your corporate image, you need to sharpen your written communication channels in English so that you:
- find your corporate voice, and use it effectively and consistently
- connect and engage even more with your target audience
- build higher trust and confidence levels in your brand
- attract and retain additional international business
- boost your sales and revenue
- enhance and maintain a stronger relationship with all your stakeholders
- increase your geographical reach
- communicate across languages and cultures in the world's lingua franca
- invest in your company's future.
To extract the most potential from your written material, I help you to produce accurate, consistent and credible text that is meaningful and engaging. Your message will transport the right idea and send out the correct signals.
Watch the IMPACT your message will have,
as it generates
the perfect RESONANCE from your audience!
I believe in catering for the individual wishes of each client with total commitment and in great detail. For me to ensure excellence in my work and produce quality narrative, I carefully tailor my services to your specific needs.
This also means giving my clients honest feedback, which is supportive and constructive, allowing for good rapport and mutual respect.
Using either American or British English, my services include:
It's important for background information in a manuscript, report, menu etc. to be factually accurate and correct - that's research I'll automatically do for your assignment. On a larger scale, if you're having problems conducting or writing a research project, grant proposal or feasibility study, let me take care of matters.
As there are different levels of editing, it could be that your text needs developmental editing or maybe stylistic improvement instead, or copyediting? Confused? I'll look at the big picture, at each paragraph, line and sentence to figure out what has to be done. There's much more to it than just watching out for spelling mistakes and correcting punctuation!
This is the last line of defence and final quality check to tidy up the content directly before publication. Usage, consistency of style and layout, plus flow and presentation will be taken into consideration to enhance and optimise the end results. My goal is to take care of your text and make sure it sounds and feels exactly right.
04 WRITING & STORYTELLING
Need an original and unique piece of text to be written? Does old copy need revitalising to ensure your voice is heard? Sometimes finding the right words to reflect your corporate identity or represent your special artistic style on canvas isn't as easy as you imagine. Or do you need to amplify your marketing efforts with more human experience? I'll help you harness the power of content marketing, plus the power of storytelling.
English is my mother tongue, therefore I only translate from German (my second language) into English and not vice versa. This guarantees that fine nuances and an authentic voice are maintained.
Depending on the topic and end use of the text, I like to take straightforward and literal word-for-word translations one step further. That's because the dynamics of emotions, spirit and cultural sensitivity make up the essence of language and definitely need to be addressed in an evolving language such as English. This means that through localisation and transcreation, the intent is preserved, but the content and meaning are enhanced with a blend of creative writing.
Let's discuss how I can help you.
A cost estimate will be provided after I've seen the details of the assignment. That's why it's important that we meet (in person, Skype, phone) for a non-binding consultation.
After assessing your request, all project parameters will be identified. These may include:
- subject matter and volume
- quality, complexity, length of the source text
- scope & amount of research required
- type of editing
- time needed for conceptualisation of idea
- project deadline.
The following corporate rates should be used as a guideline only:
1. Research, editing, proofreading, copywriting, creating content start from € 80 per hour.
2. Translating German into English starts from € 1.80 per line.
3. Large projects made up of different components, e.g. a written corporate identity communication
package, start from € 7,000.
A customised quotation will be provided, after which we'll sign a written agreement and confidentiality sheet if required.
Based in beautiful Vienna
An enthusiastic social and cultural anthropologist (Ph.D. from the University of Vienna) who’s been working in international development for 20 years, my focus lies in the healthcare sector, the social sciences and humanities. However, as a strong believer in business excellence, I’m also an assessor for the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).
My editorial skills came to light in the 1990s whilst freelancing at a well-known publishing company in London. All throughout my multifaceted career, I was often the only native English speaker on board. This naturally always made me the in-house wordsmith, a responsibility I found most intriguing.
Over the years, I gained valuable experience in writing, editing and proofreading within diplomatic circles, international organisations and the academic community. My workplace settings literally became a viable platform which facilitated me in building up a parallel professional reputation producing high quality editorial work.
Having a truly cosmopolitan background and upbringing, coupled with international schooling and working experiences, I also possess a wealth of intercultural competence and knowledge.
ABOUT MY WORK
What have I worked on before?
Annual reports, executive summaries, business plans, strategies, concepts, feasibility studies, market research, web texts, video subtitles, conference presentations, research articles, ambassadorial speeches, grant applications, fundraising & PR material........
In which fields?
Tourism / Gastronomy / Hotel management
Non-profit / Philanthropy
Social sciences / Humanities
Current affairs and politics
Some of my clients include -
The Austrian National Tourist Office, Vienna
Vienna Marriott Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Ford Foundation, New York
RED NOSES Clowndoctors International, Vienna
ROTE NASEN Clowndoctors, Vienna
Center for the Advancement of Women, Warsaw
Bushido Restaurant & Lounge, Bahrain
Asia de Cuba, Bahrain
Trader Vic's, Bahrain
The Arts & Wellbeing:
Marta Stamenov (artist), Vienna
Sheila Boateng (physiotherapist), Vienna
Annemarie Puntschart (yoga/meditation/reiki instructor, radio show host), Vienna
Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
For a free consultation
+ 43 660 532 4711
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