I’m Merryn, and I am a writer. Since 1971, I’ve been choosing words carefully, writing them down and then selling those sentences to my clients. Tricky subjects are a speciality. As are persuasive speeches, written quickly.
I’m also an enthusiast historian. The rhetoric of war intrigues me and my appetite for gonzo journalism delivers odd essays (emphasis on odd), usually focusing on the origin or use of words in historiography.
There’s an MA in MilHist in the making and there’s at least one book on the way. It you’d like to know more about that, tap me up. Usually I’m in north Norfolk, but when I’m on tour you might find me on a Triumph.
What do you write?
In my day job, I write words that help people to communicate more effectively. If you live in the UK, my work has probably dropped through your letterbox or popped up on a web page at some point.
You know my clients. They’re household names like Aviva, Ordnance Survey, Northern Powergrid, Smart Pension, and Hitachi. I also help smaller businesses and ambitious individuals to articulate their ideas, and sensitive or unusual subjects are a speciality.
When I’m not writing, I’m helping business leaders to better articulate their strategic aims. One client described it as ‘finding the meatballs in my spaghetti’, and that’s not a bad analogy.
I’m also an advocate for plain English and the quintessential power of rhetoric as a skill. Don’t get me started on metaphors.
How much does good writing cost?
Good question. Honestly? It’s a piece of string and day rates aren’t the best way to measure a writer’s time. Great writing demands good thinking, which is always hard to quantify on a timesheet.
There’s also a difference between cost and value and, as writing is a skill, that ol’ piece of string is rarely a shoestring. Still, most customers have a budget in mind for the writing part of a project.
Why don’t we talk about what you’d like to achieve? That will put three things into perspective: your ambitions, the challenge, and my value. I can then give you a project-based quote, which we can still turn into a day rate if that helps your accounts deparment.
Why choose Rentaquill?
“I can make the most complex subjects seem simple with the right amount of reader-friendly writing. I’ll rugby-tackle a thesaurus to find the right words, and there’s no ‘tricky little project’ I can’t handle with a calm head and a clear response…” – but I would say that, wouldn’t I.
In short, there’s one good reason why I’m the writer you need: you’ll always be offered the words that work. That said, there are two reasons why you might prefer working with someone else.
The first is simple: you prefer a ‘yes’ person, someone who’ll just deliver on your brief. That’s okay, but wouldn’t you rather be working with someone who appreciates the intensity of your aims, and has the confidence to step and talk about what will – or won’t – help you achieve them? I mean, really deliver on the brief? The second reason is a little more complex: you want amazing content – lots of it – all delivered yesterday on a bottom-dollar budget. I do work quickly, very quickly sometimes, but I am not a bottom-dollar girl. As the neurosurgeon says, “Sure, I can work for less. I’ll let you decide which part of the job I skimp on.”
It’s okay. You can pay me to not tell jokes. Why not start by using me as a sounding board: tell me what you’d like your audience to think, hear, understand, or do … and then we can decide if we’re a good fit for each other. Start by sending me an email…
What does 'on tour' mean?
I live in north Norfolk, that’s not a secret. I also travel quite a bit, researching and visiting clients, so I may be working on a project remotely. Plus, I usually work on several things at the same time. Give me a nudge. Give me a call, if you like. My number is 07770 272524. If I don’t respond quickly, it could mean there’s sketchy WiFi, pigeons on the line, or I’m head-down in a piece of writing. I’ll be in touch as soon as I can.