John has experience in great writing for any format. His aim is raising the benchmark of the content that you publish, the goal being that his fees prove an investment in your business not a cost.

Please contact John by email on john@jjemerson.com.

B2B Services include:


Biography | Autobiography | History

Former High Court of Australia Chief Justice Sir Anthony Mason called John’s History of the Independent Bar of South Australia a ‘model history of a profession’. Sir Anthony is known to be one of Australia’s most rigorous and demanding jurists and his legacy includes the Mabo decision.

Books require multiple high-level skills – interviewing, archival research, image digitalisation, copyright and intellectual property agreements, contract negotiation, narrative structure and readability. Page-turning readability. And not to forget, a collaborative spirit.

A book that takes 1 year to deliver to the publisher will cost around AUD$120,000 plus expenses, depending on copyright retention or transfer.

Flyers | Brochures | Guides | Web Content

For a lighter writing style an indicative fee would be around AUD$75 per 100 words, minimum 300 words.

Book Manuscript to Publication Management

For 15 years John has developed a wide and intensive experience in book production from proposal to freelance management of editors and designers to final publication and marketing.

The cost of turning a completed final draft in Word of 100,000 words, all inclusive of editing, meetings and communications, design and project managing would be approximately $20,000. This estimate would rise with illustrations and editing time varies according to the quality of the manuscript’s writing and referencing. That dollar figure is called the ‘cost of first copy’, in other words, the cost of producing the first proof copy of the book, in olden days called the ‘galley’.

John will guarantee the quality of the editors, designers and any other freelance professionals he hires.

Web Design for Independents and Small Businesses

Do you like this web site design? John may be able to design small sites where original design and content level is required, that is going to earn back its investment. 

A small site of up to 4 or 5 pages like this one would be around AUD$2,000.00. The more ready-to-go material supplied the lower the fee.

Digital Identity Protection

The internet is forever demonstrating the capacity of some States and individuals for stealing identities online. Large companies are too often hiding the breaches in their digital data. It is daunting to the ordinary individual to be able to secure passwords, search histories and any other privacy concerns. John can advise and implement a working and practical solution for around AUD$300.00. This includes a personal or online meeting for up to 2 hours to set up a secure password manager, virtual private server subscription and private email with a Swiss company. Switzerland does not share private details with other countries, it is not a member of the various Five Eyes and Fourteen Eyes groups. 


Higher Education Consulting for Publication through Outside Opinion Pty Ltd

John is a Senior Associate of Higher Education Consultancy Outside Opinion Pty Ltd, specialising in scholarly publication strategy and implementation. Outside Opinion is made up of a team of experienced consultants across research grant development, research capacity building, industry partnership analysis, external review, leadership and governance, and publishing and editing.

Contact Denise Meredyth (Director) via the link just above.

“…excellent and insightful biography.”

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

High Court Judge Australia 1994-2009 | United Nations Rapporteur

“What a gripping book!”

The Hon. Justice Gilles Renaud

Ontario Court of Justice, Canada

“His tight biographies ripple with a sense of the character as well as the life and time of his subjects.”

Samela Harris

Columnist and Book Reviewer, The Advertiser, News Ltd

“a model history of a profession.”

Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC

Chief Justice, High Court of Australia 1987 to 1995