Our editorial reviews express our focus on the individual writer. Through them, our clients receive the detailed, constructive feedback that professional writers routinely receive from their editors. While all writers profit from an experienced editor’s attention, few writers in law or in business ever receive it. McCloskey Writing Consultants addresses this problem, one writer at a time.

What happens in an editorial review?

  • We guide the writer in selecting the samples we will review.
  • We provide a questionnaire that helps the writer reflect on his or her current practices, and we respond to the answers.
  • We provide detailed marginal notes on all aspects of a document—everything from large-scale matters of organization to small-scale matters of punctuation.
  • We often revise key passages to illustrate for the writer the effect of an alternative structure or a streamlined style.
  • We provide a checklist that lets the writer see at a glance his or her strengths and shortcomings. Our clients use these checklists to focus their efforts as they revise and edit future documents.
  • We include useful collateral materials, such as pages from our seminar manuals or blog, or recommendations about helpful books or websites.
  • Once the writer has reviewed this material, we meet face-to-face or by telephone to discuss the review, ask and answer questions, deal with problems, and help plot the course to the writer’s goals.

Who needs an editorial review?

Some clients seek these reviews when they’re having trouble with their writing. Some request them as an annual check-up of their writerly health. Often, we provide reviews before a seminar, to give the participants the benefits of individual feedback and to provide ourselves with a diagnostic tool. The samples help us determine what the participants need, and then we tailor the seminar to meet those needs.