I am a consultant and author, and I write a business-of-law column for Forbes. The gross majority of my pieces are interviews with heads of industry – mainly law firm chairs.
My process is that (i) I have the interview transcribed, (ii) I break out and label the various sections of the document (consisting of a single question and answer), (iii) I remove the sections that won’t be put into the final piece, (iv) I winnow the sections and clean up the language as a first pass (only the ones that will be published), (v) the language is sent to the interviewee for change (if necessary) and approval, (vi) I proof it with a fine toothed comb, and ensure consistency of style (with my past work).
What I am looking for, at this stage, is someone to handle the fourth (iv) phase. This usually consists of reducing 5K – 6K words to ~ 3K words, removing “I means,” repetitive “ands,” redundancy in concepts, etc. For me, this this winnow-and-proofing process takes ~ 2 hrs. (I don’t know if...