John has experience in great writing for any format, and is impatient for those yet to be imagined. His aim is raising the benchmark of the content that you publish and the communications you send, the goal being that his fees are an investment in your business and not a cost.

Please feel very welcome to contact him by email initially on john at jjemerson.com or with the Contact Form.

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.

Travel and Mainstream Media Features

John has wide and profound experience in writing and publishing articles on anything from travel to hummingbirds.

An indicative fee for a well-known publication is AUD$1.50 per word for articles from 1000-10,000 words long.  

Short text such as blurbs and blogs

John has written hundreds of blurbs and blogs for digital and print.

An indicative fee for 300 words would be AUD$290.00

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 the past 10 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, including 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 meeting for up to 2 hours to set up a secure password manager, virtual private server subscription and private email with a Swiss company.


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.