Trevor Birch: Author, Editor & Proofreader



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Writing Services

I can write complete documents for you, from short reports to complete e-books. I can also write about pretty much any subject. However, chances are I will not already have the knowledge necessary to write about your subject in the depth that you require. I will therefore need the basic information to write about, either directly from you or by doing my own research. Where you supply the information I can also either simply rewrite the document(s) you supply, or I can write new, original document(s) based on the information contained in your document(s).


When you commission me to rewrite one or more documents for you, I can either rewrite each document to produce another of similar length and content, but using substantially different words, or I can restructure the original documents as well, for example by combining several small documents into a single much larger one.

Please note that in order to commission me to rewrite a document for you, you must own sufficient rights to the original document to allow it to be rewritten without violating the author's copyright. Basically, you must either be the original author (and still own the full copyright), have legally acquired the full copyright, or have written permission from the copyright owner (usually the original author). The latter case is often referred to as 'private label rights' (PLR) – the right to change and publish a document in any way you wish – but check the associated licence to ensure that you have the necessary permission. I will need to see evidence (such as a copy of the licence) that you have the necessary rights to each document before I will accept any rewriting project.

Original Writing

When you commission me to write one or more original documents for you, I will generally need a lot more pages of documents from which to derive the necessary information than the number of pages you want me to write. I will also need multiple, independent documents containing each significant piece of information to be included in your new document(s). This is true whether you supply me with the source documents, or you commission me to find them. This is so that I can avoid infringing the copyright in the source documents. Public domain documents, or documents for which you have sufficient rights, do, however, reduce this need somewhat.

For some examples of my original writing, please visit the following websites:

I have written all of the text on these sites, from information I found by doing my own research. I also designed and implemented the websites as a whole.


Where you are unable to supply me with sufficient basic information to produce the new document(s) you require, then you can also commission me to do the necessary research on your behalf. This will normally take the form of a search of the internet for websites that contain the necessary information with sufficient authority to give confidence in its accuracy. If I happen to have relevant books, then I will include them in my research too.

If I am unable to find sufficient information on the internet, or you instruct me to do so from the start, then I can also extend my search to include local, regional, or even national libraries. In this case I will not only charge you for my time, but also for travelling and subsistence expenses too. I will therefore seek specific permission from you before undertaking such activities.

In addition to incorporating the information that I find into your new document(s), I will also supply you with full details of the sources where I found that information.


By international agreement, enforceable under local law in many countries, any person who creates an original work, be it a piece of writing or music, a drawing, painting, photograph or sculpture, etc., has the right to control what can then be done with that work by others. This includes all forms of copying, publication, distribution, and modification. This is known as the copyright in that work.

Under UK law (other countries are likely to be similar), the original creator of a work automatically owns the copyright in that work from the moment the work is created. The only exception to this is where an employee creates a work in the course of their normal employment; it is then their employer who owns the copyright in that work. Note that this does not include subcontractors who are commissioned to produce a work – the contractor owns the copyright unless specifically stated otherwise in the contract under which the work is created.

The copyright in a work also persists for the lifetime of its creator, plus 70 years. Only then does the copyright expire and the work enters the 'public domain', whereupon anybody can do anything they like with the work (other than claim copyright in it). A copyright owner can also deliberately place a work in the public domain before the copyright expires.

In terms of a piece of writing, copyright not only exists in its presentation – the words making up the work – but also in the collection of facts and information contained within it. This is why rewriting a document in your own words is still an infringement of copyright – the resulting work is still essentially the same collection of information. This applies even more obviously to a table of data, or a graph or chart.

Thus, when trying to produce an original work based on information found in other works that are within their copyright, it is important to find multiple, independent (i.e. written by different authors) sources for that information, so that the collection of information in the new work is as different as possible from any of its sources.

For written documents that I produce for you, and for which I would otherwise be entitled to claim copyright, I will hand over the full copyright to you, except that I will reserve the right to use any information I find for you (or is included in publicly-accessible documents you supply) in future projects, either for myself or for other clients.


The fees for my writing services are:

Where a document is either not divided into pages, or the page size is unusually large, a page is defined as up to 400 words. Partially-filled pages cannot be shared across documents, thus two 200-word documents count as two pages, not one.

An original writing project will also require one or both types of research. The total fee for an hourly-charged research project will be based on my estimate of how long it will take me to find the necessary information, not how long it actually takes.

For small orders, of less than £50 in value, I will also add an administration charge of £10.

All prices are in UK pounds Sterling. I can accept payment by credit or debit card (through Paypal or the payment form of this site), by e-banking transfer, or by cheque.

If you are interested in using my writing services for a specific project, of one or more documents, then please request a quotation using the form on this site, giving as much detail as possible about your project. I will then respond with a firm price and an estimated delivery time.