Claire Richardson Writer

Breathing life into your story

Are you looking for an experienced and successful Non-fiction Writer?

I work with individuals and companies to produce...​

Corporate Histories

The life of an organisation can be just as compelling as the life of an individual, as it is made up of many people working together to grow something great.   Documenting your company’s journey can help employees, customers, suppliers, and their families come on the journey with you, buy into your vision, and celebrate what it has taken to come this far.

Hobbies / Cook Books / Travel Logs / Collection Catalogues

Do you have other ventures or hobbies you want to make into the perfect coffee table book or novella but don’t have the time or skills to pull it all together? Let me help.

Family Histories

Every family has unique and fascinating stories which risk being lost if they are not documented for future generations. We can make your family history come alive dating back centuries or even starting in the here and now. This can be in novel form and full of rich stories, coffee table style filled with historical pictures, family trees, and anecdotes, or even an interactive, updatable online resource.

Biographies

Unlike an autobiography which is written by the subject person from their voice (see Ghost Writer service), a biography is written by a third party in the third person.  This can add some credibility and gives a different tone.

Why work with me?

Why work with me?

You are getting the services of a highly educated, experienced business person who is also a talented writer.

Because of my marketing background, I am hypersensitive to the target audiences and objectives of a project.  I begin with the end in mind and believe this reaps dividends throughout production and when assessing the project’s outcome.

Audiences can be everyone in the business community, or just those others who are as obsessed with your hobby as you are.  They might be your company and its stakeholders, a record for your extended family, or even just something for you.

I make the process easy by being open about exactly what I need from you and/or your colleagues to achieve our objectives and turn your vision into a reality.

Prior to switching my career to writing, I had a successful career in international business and marketing.  I lived for extended periods in Asia, India, the Middle East, and Europe which has given me a lot of exposure to different situations, types of people, and ways of life. 

I have a bachelor degree in International Business and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) postgraduate degree.

I love writing, I love immersing myself in the topics I cover, and I love getting to know the characters behind the content and stories.

Most of all I love creating outstanding work that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Shall we have a chat about whether I am a fit for your project?

Testimonials

"I love discovering what Claire comes up with in her writing assignments. Her work is on point, entertaining, well researched, thorough, and insightful - can't recommend her highly enough!"
Maria Doyle
Consultant in Adult Education and Training
“Claire Richardson’s command over English and her natural ability to express thoughts accurately and succinctly, differentiates her work from other writers."
Badri Vijayaraghavan
Business Executive and Author

** Work samples are available on request and you may also like to view my blog **

The Process

How we will work together

We will cover why you wish to write a book, what you would like it to achieve, and an overview of the likely contents.  We will cover the various options and I will come back to you after with some approaches and terms for a commercial agreement.

This is planned interviews with you and others you nominate, reviewing any other materials, and undertaking further research if required.

You will receive draft pages to review and give feedback on. Nothing will make it past the drafting stage without your approval.

The length of the book, research required, and your availability during the interviewing and drafting processes will determine the time it will take to complete the full draft.

These edits and revisions are between us to make sure you are happy with the manuscript to take to the next stage.

Optional Extras

Additional services available

Whether you are self-publishing or wish to go through the traditional publishing route, I can help.

For self-publishing I can recommend final editors, proof readers, designers, printers, and if desired, appropriate marketing platforms for your book.

For traditional publishing I can assist with developing a winning book proposal and marketing it to agents and/or publishers.

If you go with a traditional publisher they will provide some initial launch publicity and marketing in very specific markets.  However, a trade publisher has to publish hundreds of books in a year and may not be able to give your book the focus it deserves, or that you might expect. 

You may wish to extend that reach to broader geographic markets, or more deeply penetrate your target markets. 

If you are self-publishing and wish for the book to be a commercial success, you will need to promote your book strategically depending on your resources available.

I can tailor-make the publicity plan with mutually agreed targets and deadlines.

You may wish to develop the material from your book into a keynote speech or speeches, continue a social and digital media presence to promote yourself and your business, and/or develop ongoing relationships with traditional media. 

As a seasoned marketing professional and manager for many years I can help you with this.

Shall we chat about working together?

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