Kirsty Racher | Elance
Last Sign-in: Apr 26, 2017

Kirsty Racher

proofreading, copy editing, writing
   New Zealand
  |   San Francisco, CA
  |  2:13 am Local Time


I have over 15 years of experience in writing, editing and proofreading. My particular expertise and experience is in business writing and user guides/instructional documents.

I have a proofreading qualification and excellent, verified English and writing skills.

Whether you require precise proofreading, accurate and insightful editing, well-written and informative content, or clearly organised documents, I have the skills and experience to help you. I am customer-focused and respect deadlines.

Thanks for taking a peek at my profile. Don't forget to look at my service description, customer feedback and portfolio!

I look forward to working with you.
Service Description
Client Feedback

"Fantastic Contractor! A+ work and superb turnaround times!"
(Job: Article writing)

"[Kirsty] provides a very diligent, thorough & professional service which I recommend without hesitation."
(Job: Proofreading and editing)

"Kirsty is one of the most polished and professional providers we have had the pleasure to work with. She followed directions, asked questions where things needed clarification, and she delivered early. Easy to work with and highly recommended. We look forward to working with Kirsty again!"
(Job: Writing detailed reports)

"I love the work Kirsty provides - consistently matches exactly what I want, well within timeframe, and always delivers higher than expected. She is my preferred contractor for all my editorial and writing work since the first job (this is the 3rd) and I have been recommending her to all my colleagues."
(Job: Editing and writing content)

"This is the second project that Kirsty has done for me in the last couple of months and I'm once again delighted with the professionalism she shows and of course the quality of the work she does... I will definitely continue to provide her with work that I need done and turned around in a timely manner, she is indeed a first rate contractor, who I'm lucky to have found!"
(Job: Proofreading training content)

"As always a job well done and in well ahead of schedule. Going above and beyond is almost expected of this provider after multiple outstanding projects. Thanks so much!"
(Job: Rewriting articles)

"I would recommend Kirsty for any official documents you need editing. Very happy with the job she has done. Will utilise your expertise again!!!"
(Job: Editing a formal business document)

My Service

I provide quality writing, editing and proofreading services to enable you to convey your message effectively.

My writing is clear, relevant, convincing, accurate, well-structured and original.

In editing your work I will:
-correct grammar, spelling and punctuation errors
-improve the structure, organisation and readability of the content
-resolve any issues with style and the use of language
-remove inconsistencies, ambiguity, redundancies.

Information Mapping® Workshop
Awarded: 2010
The Publishing Training Centre
Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning
Awarded: 2001
The College of West Anglia
BTEC Certificate in Management Studies
Awarded: 2000
Stay-at-home mum and freelancer
2010 - Present
Auckland City Council (NZ)
Project Coordinator, Democracy Services
2009 - 2010
I worked on a standardisation project, ensuring that all training and procedural information for staff was consistent, up-to-date and fit-for-purpose. Content included forms and checklists, step-by-step instructions, concepts and principles, processes and procedures.
Auckland City Council (NZ)
Hearings Coordinator (part-time)
2007 - 2008
Produced all formal documentation for a formal, weekly committee. The job required me to work to tight deadlines and process an enormous volume of paper in a short timeframe.
North Norfolk District Council (UK)
Democratic Services Manager
2003 - 2006
I managed democratic services, including committee administration, councillor support services, overview and scrutiny, and electoral services. I was appointed as the Council's Deputy Returning Officer. I provided procedural, legislative and constitutional information and advice to councillors, officers and the public. I ensured that formal and other written documentation produced by the Democratic Services Team was produced to a high standard, met legal requirements, and met the needs of different customers. I was responsible for a wide range of information including briefing papers, formal reports, user guides, annual reports, service plans, election documents, customer advice, business letters and historical records.
Waveney District Council (UK)
Principal Committee Officer
2002 - 2003
Breckland District Council (UK)
Senior Committee Manager
2001 - 2002
I joined Breckland District Council in June 1995 as an Admin Assistant, and I was promoted in May 1996, June 1997, and finally, in 2001, to Senior Committee Manager. I provided committee administration support to a variety of Committees, primarily the Cabinet (lead decision making body of councillors). I played a key role in implementing fundamental changes to the democratic process following the introduction of the Local Government Act 2000. This included developing the Forward Plan process, reviewing report and agenda format, developing councillor 'job descriptions', and developing the Team's Service Plan. I wrote and edited content for the weekly Information Bulletin for Members. I was a founding member of the Staff Newsletter Editorial Team. As part of this team, I worked to get the newsletter established, developed the format and ensured that it was published monthly, in addition to the day job. I also wrote articles and edited content submitted by others. I was also a member of many corporate groups, including the Job Evaluation Panel, the IS/IT Lead Officer Group, the Information Systems Project Board, the Website Development Team, the Performance Appraisal System Development Team and a project team carrying out a corporate project prioritisation exercise.
Payment Terms
In general, I prefer fixed price projects. Fixed price projects must be Escrow funded in advance.

I will consider hourly projects and using Workview.

I take a reasonable and flexible approach to deadlines and milestones. I prefer multiple milestones to be established for larger projects.

I will only accept payment via Elance.
Kirsty Racher | Elance

Kirsty Racher