Kristin Walinski | Elance
Last Sign-in: Oct 15, 2015

Kristin Walinski

Scribe On Demand: Writing & Editing for B2B & Law
   United States
  |   Richmond, VA
  |  2:58 am Local Time


When it comes to writing, does the phrase "good enough" send you into apoplectic shock?

That's what happens to me. So if you have the style but lack the grammar, if you have the text but lack the polish, or if you have ideas but lack the words, look no further: you've found your writer and editor in Scribe On Demand.

My clients range from start-ups to Fortune 150 firms, and I serve as a seamless extension of their marketing and communications team. I draft white papers, reports, magazine and blog articles, proposals, case studies, and other marketing pieces. With my HR legal background, I'm often called on to draft corporate policies, codes of conduct, and employee handbooks.

My ghostwritten work has been published in a number of magazines, including Forbes, Executive Counsel, and The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, among others.

I have more than 13 years of writing and editing experience and am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Service Description
I am an Ivy-League educated ghostwriter, copyeditor, and proofreader with a legal background. I practiced law for 9 years for a major law firm and for a Fortune 200 corporation; this background gives me a unique perspective on business communication needs.

I am also the former Editor-in-Chief of a top academic legal journal, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law (now the Journal of Business Law). As Editor-in-Chief, I oversaw the publication of a quarterly 200+ page academic journal, worked closely with authors to polish their articles, and managed 40 staff editors.

Though I have extensive legal experience, I work with companies that span a variety of fields, including engineering, marketing technology, management consulting, education, and finance.

I work primarily with Chicago, AP, APA, and GPO styles. I am willing to learn and apply any other style--or to help you create your own.

Here is a partial listing of what I can do for your business. Please contact me to discuss your needs.

I am comfortable writing on almost any topic (except calculus), though I do have special expertise in the following subject matter:
* Law
* Human resources and employee relations
* Employee safety and health
* Electronic discovery and law technology

I have significant experience writing and ghostwriting the following:
* White papers
* Reports
* Web copy, including blogs
* Proposals, including RFPs and government proposals
* Magazine articles
* Training materials
* Employment-related materials, including corporate policies and employee handbooks
* Legal pleadings and memoranda
* Internal corporate communications

In my editing, my goal is to allow your most polished voice to shine through. I will keep your perspective intact while eliminating any errors of style, grammar, and usage. Where a heavier pen is necessary, I will consult with you before making substantive content changes and notate those changes in the margins. I edit directly in Word using margin comments and the track changes feature.

I have edited the following types of documents:
* Books
* Proposals, including government proposals and RFPs
* Case studies
* White papers
* Technical and scientific reports
* Website copy
* Newsletters
* Magazine and journal articles
* Internal corporate documents, including employee handbooks, manuals, and training materials
* Marketing materials
* Blogs

Please see selected samples of my work on this site. For additional samples of my writing and editing work, please contact me.

I am happy to provide client references upon request.
Virginia State Bar
Bar License
Awarded: 2000
University of Pennsylvania
Juris Doctor
1996 - 1999
University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts in English and history with a concentration in American Studies
1992 - 1996
Scribe On Demand
Principal, Editor and Freelance Writer
2008 - Present
After editing part-time for ten years, I became a full-time freelancer in 2008. I provide ghostwriting and editing services to corporate clients. See the profile above for more information on my services. I also recently served as a Contributing Editor to Black's Law Dictionary, the most venerable legal reference book on the market.
University of Richmond
Adjunct Associate Professor of Law: Legal Writing
2006 - Present
As an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, I teach a yearlong Lawyering Skills class weekly to first-year law students. This class focuses primarily on teaching writing skills in legal memoranda and court pleadings. I instruct and grade students on legal writing, reasoning, and research skills as well as oral advocacy, negotiation, client counseling, professionalism, and ethics. As with my clients, I stress concision, clarity, and precision.
Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Senior Corporate Counsel
2003 - 2007
My legal practice at Circuit City was devoted to a wide range of human resources-related legal matters, including wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, immigration, and OSHA issues. There, I developed and administered training programs and conducted arbitrations, agency hearings, and depositions. I also drafted and edited corporate policies for compliance with state and federal statutes.
McGuireWoods LLP
1999 - 2003
I represented clients in civil litigation in Title VII, OSHA, MSHA, and breach of contract matters at trial, arbitration, and motion hearings. I also drafted employment policies, company handbooks, and employee covenants.
Payment Terms
My rates are competitive and commensurate with the high quality of work you will receive. Payment terms vary per project, and I offer hourly and flat fee options.

Please note that rates for basic copyediting and proofreading services are generally lower. The $100 hourly rate is for ghostwriting and consulting work.
Kristin Walinski | Elance

Kristin Walinski