The bulk of my business comes from copy editing and indexing, but I offer several other text-related services:


Even a highly qualified firm looks unprofessional if it doesn’t provide descriptive literature, or if what is available is poorly written. Whether you need a profile of your president for the company newsletter, a dynamite grant proposal to impress a major foundation, or product descriptions to catch the eye of catalog readers, I provide affordable project-based writing for organizations of all kinds.


Does your company have a brochure that is serviceable, but hasn't been particularly effective? A poorly translated instruction sheet that makes your customers laugh out loud? A company history that stops short at 2011? Let me rework your existing documents to bring out their intended meaning.


If you don’t want a full-scale edit of your proposal (or novel, or article, or screenplay), just an impartial review and suggestions that will strengthen your writing, then send it to me. I’ll provide you with personalized advice that takes your feelings as an author into account.

Historical and Background Research

If your organization is approaching a milestone year or your film project tackles a historical topic, you can trust me to track down suitable background material. You can use these photos*, articles*, and miscellaneous facts to create a lobby display, a newspaper story, a video documentary, or a commemorative publication, and they can form the kernel of a one-of-a-kind institutional archive. Similarly, if you need information for a current or former employee profile but not someone to write it, I can interview the subject in depth and provide a transcription or detailed notes to your in-house writing staff.

Library and Archival Research

Today’s academics know that a publication record can be the deciding factor between job security and tenure denial. Even so, not everyone can spare research time away from family and classroom. I have a Ph.D. in English and am an experienced library and archival researcher. While I can’t write your career-making books and journal articles for you, you can hire me to travel where needed and harvest notes and quotes to order from hard-copy materials, microfilm, databases, and special collections.

Prospect Research

I am a veteran foundation relations officer and prospect researcher. Whether or not you need my skills as a grant writer, if your nonprofit organization is seeking corporate, foundation, or government support, I will draw up a list of suitable prospects complete with deadlines and submission requirements and suggest application strategies for each.

*Publication of photos and previously printed material may require permission from the copyright holder.

Other Services

Katherine Harper, Ph.D.