legal, education and science writer

I have a long and successful track record of publishing legal, education and science articles, columns, restaurant reviews and film reviews.

As an author I published A History of the South Australian Independent BarFirst Among Equals: Chief Justices of South Australia since Federation and John Jefferson Bray: A Vigilant Life

As a publisher I founded the University of Adelaide Press and directed the publication of over 80 books. As well as the print editions, the free electronic editions went on to find well over 1 million readers world-wide.

My education includes a Master level degree from the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Diplôme d’études approfondies) and a PhD in from Adelaide.

The photo was used in 2015 for a feature in The Australian 500,000 downloads when the Press reached half a million readers.


What sort of writing do you do?
  • mainstream features and colums
  • white papers
  • speeches
  • 1000+ word blogs
  • case studies
  • sponsored pieces
  • improving web content
  • trade and professional features 
What are your rates?

I quote for a project based on an hourly rate of $150 or a per word rate of $1.

How do you work out your pricing?

I take into account:

  • how clear is the brief?
  • how difficult is the work?
  • how long will it take?
  • how soon must the work begin?
  • what value can I deliver to you?
What is the process once we hire you?

In general it will go like this:

  • initial research
  • first draft delivered
  • 2 revisions
What topics can you cover?

Legal, education and science issues; biographies.

I am always looking to try something new. It’s fresh eyes for you and a fresh challenge for me. Sometimes experts lose touch with what other people don’t know.

What is your lead time?

I try for a 2 weeks lead time before starting new writing projects.

If it is a quick fix job (ie redo some existing text) I may be able to fit it in earlier.

Do you send a formal quote?

Yes, for your piece of mind at least financially I can send a formal quote after we agree on the fee.

How do I pay you?

On the invoice I will add direct deposit details, my preferred method. I can also accept credit card payments via Stripe or Paypal. International payments via Wise (a form of direct deposit).

Have you got samples of your work?

Please feel welcome to download my portfolio from the button above.

How will you send me the writing?

By default in a Word document (or text only document for web content) using a file transfer service like WeTransfer or SwissTransfer. 

ACN 638 154 640
ABN 92638154640

Dr John Emerson
Publishing Solutions Pty Ltd
PO Box 96
South Australia

+61 8 7200 4550

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