Maybe, right now, you’re finishing an article on the effectiveness of drama in conveying environmental health issues. Or you’re planning a lecture series on how craft production not only ensures cultural preservation, but also advances health and economic development.
Somehow, you need assistance with communications from a business familiar with your discipline, or disciplines.
Through writing, editing, programs, translation, and research, we can help you deliver your message on health, environment, the arts—or where they meet.
For promotional or academic writing—or copyediting or substantive editing—let Sebold Communications come to your aid. We design and manage events large and small, translate Arabic and French into English, and conduct research online and here in Washington, DC. We have years of experience in written and oral communications, from composing brochures and editing scholarly books to planning and moderating events on health, environment, the arts, and world cultures.
The National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and UNICEF have contracted us for writing, editing, and program management. So have individuals.
This page explains how we work. The next four pages—on writing, editing, program design and management, and research and translation—list what we can do for you and provide recommendations. Our site’s pages and blog entries serve as unedited examples of our writing.
Are you interested in doing business with us? Visit our contact page to fill out the form with as much information as you can muster.
Once we receive a basic description of your project, we’ll get in touch with you, so we can discuss it in more detail. If you have a budget, let us know. When we’ve agreed on the scope of work, schedule, deadline, and fee for the job, we’ll sign a contract with you. Be sure to provide us with all of the materials (including samples, templates, and contacts) necessary to complete the task, so delays don’t force us to renegotiate our agreement.
Usually, we require partial payment before we start working. After we’ve written or edited a few pages or sketched out some program ideas, we’ll check with you to make sure we’re on the right track. Then, we’ll proceed to the end.
- We’ll estimate the total cost of the job and give you a project fee. Our hourly rate varies. Some services like writing, substantive editing, and Arabic translation cost more than others. Copyediting entails checking a manuscript for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and basic usage. Substantive editing is more involved and hinges on rewriting. We’ll move, remove, or expand sentences and paragraphs to improve your manuscript’s flow and impact. (For more on professional rates for writing, editing, fact-checking, translating, even project management, visit the Editorial Freelancers Association.)
- We’ll quote a fee only after we’ve seen your entire manuscript or all of the source materials you want us to use (including tables, figures, reference lists, and program files). We may charge extra for administrative time and seek reimbursement for office supplies peculiar to your project.
- In our editorial estimates, we’ll include the cost of two edits of your manuscript. We use Microsoft Word’s Track Changes. You’ll be able to accept or reject our edits and answer our queries after our first pass. If you want additional edits or add new material, we’ll have to charge you more and add an addendum to our contract.
- Let us know if you have an in-house style sheet you’d like us to follow, or if you prefer a published style manual in your field. We most often consult the latest editions of The Chicago Manual of Style, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, The Associated Press Stylebook, and the AMA Manual of Style.
- Finally, your privacy is paramount. We will not share your contact information or the terms of our contract with anyone. And we won’t discuss the details of projects that are in process. We won’t even add you to our mailing list without your permission!
We look forward to helping you spread word of your work in the vast worlds of health, environment, the arts—and the fascinating fields where they meet.