Bad Copy Makes ME
(And Your Readers) Grumpy.
Hi-ya, I’m Autumn Tompkins.
As your Grumpy Grammarian…
You don’t have to be a great writer to create engaging copy. You just need to know how to edit.
Correcting grammar, spelling, and punctuation is only part of the editing process. This alone doesn’t create great copy.
Editing in a way that’s specific & descriptive (and highlights your personality) is the key to truly compelling copy that attracts avid readers, raving fans, and loyal customers.
My edits make your copy…
Clear. That means no awkward phrasing, repetitiveness, or confusing structure.
Concise. That means no excess words, generalities (it’s hyper-specific), or unnecessary information.
Compelling. That means no jargon and clichés or empty word choice, and your sentence structure has rhythm (grammar, punctuation, and spelling rules will be broken).
I can offer…
Rapid Response Edits where you and I work back-and-forth polishing & editing your copy in real time.
Retainer Copy Edit Services that give your copy the FINAL SHINE it needs to be CLEAR & COMPELLING.
A La Carte Services for those dreadful copy cleanups you may find yourself needing.
I promise not to…
Judge you because of bad grammar.
Being grammatically correct doesn’t persuade people. Clear, compelling copy does.
Copywriting isn’t essay writing. Sometimes, being grammatically incorrect is more persuasive. Sometimes, splitting a paragraph into separate lines is better for readability. Sometimes, what’s wrong is actually right. There’s a difference between intentional and unintentional deviations from the rules.
Cramp your style.
I won’t tear apart your copy & question every decision you made. Because I understand the science behind persuasive copywriting.
Change your copy’s message.
I simply tighten up your words to create clear and compelling copy, so it reads the way it needs to make your words work for you. Not against you.
"As a professional copywriter with a reputation to uphold, I can’t afford a bunch of sloppy in my content — especially not in a paid product. I’ve always proofed my own work (and then made quick, embarrassed edits when readers or buyers emailed me a kind heads-up about mistakes I’d missed). This time, before putting a whole mini-course up in the shop, I decided to hire a copy editor. A bunch of people said “Hire Autumn!” And I’m so glad they did. She was quick and thorough, finding all kinds of slips I NEVER would’ve caught. If she’s available for your project, hire her."
I reached out to Autumn when I found myself needing some quick copy editing. Mostly I write in a very corporate style, but Autumn was able to find my real voice, which is very sarcastic, and rewrote my copy in my voice on the first try! We visited for a while and she learned how I talk in real life and brought that out in my copy. She'll be doing all of my website copy, talks for speaking engagements, blog posts, video scripts and more. She's a valuable member of my team and I highly recommend her!
"Autumn Tompkins is an incredible editor. She has the unique ability to transform your work into something that is not only smoother and more grammatically correct but also more YOU. Autumn provided extremely valuable suggested additions that made all the difference in my confidence that the copy we crafted was ready for the world. I'm certain my project is at least 80% better for Autumn's exquisite edits, and I'll be using her services again as soon as I can."
“You can trust your copy with Autumn. She can save you from yourself, especially if you’re too close to your copy, content, or client. Autumn will not only polish your words, so they shine like a diamond, she’ll also provide solid feedback to help you up your writing game. I always learn something new when I work with Autumn. And I feel confident that the work I hand over to clients is awesome…and grammatically correct.”
“I hired Autumn to write content for 3 pages on my website. She was extremely thorough in gathering the details she needed in order to really capture my voice, my vision, and my brand. Her questionnaire really got me thinking creatively about my business and helped to really get to the core of what matters. She has such a way with words, I couldn’t believe what I was reading was actually about myself and my business. She wrote compelling content for my home page that really showcases what I can do for my clients. Her creativity and ability to pull out what’s really important made this such an easy project. I loved everything she wrote from the very start, and with just only a few minor tweaks it was perfect. I can’t wait to launch my website with my brand new content, I know it’s going to help propel my business forward! I highly recommend working with Autumn if you are in need of excellent, out of the box, creative content for your business.”
“As an author and marketing professional, I could not envision hiring a copywriter, after all people were paying me to write for them. My business coach recommended Autumn. I reluctantly hired her and yes I cringed when I made my payment. However, it was one of the best business investments that I have ever made. I didn’t even really know what I needed her to do, I just knew I needed new copy. In fact I think I said “I don’t know” to her at least 100 times. But I knew if I didn’t hire her immediately, I would have talked myself out of it. I had a few minor conversations with Autumn and within a few weeks she returned to me AMAZING copy! She captured my voice and my vision, then added WOW! I have not implemented all the items that Autumn crafted for me, but I have already received some return on my investment. But more importantly, hiring Autumn allowed me to have the time to focus on my core competencies and serve my clients better. I highly recommend Autumn if you want sexy, powerful and unique copy for your media kit, website, or other correspondences. Since I initially hired Autumn, I have contracted her for 2 other projects and will continue to work with her. She is efficient, professional, meets her set turn around time, and I’m continually impressed with her creativity and skill with each project.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Autumn on several projects and she is a delight to work with. She’s a great writer and editor using her unique writing techniques to help make my client’s brands stand out from the crowd. I work with many tight deadlines for client projects and she smoothly handled each one with a sense of urgency and professionalism while not missing a beat. I look forward to partnering with Autumn again on future copywriting projects.”
"Autumn Tompkins just seems to know my brain. Even when I start typing ellipses because I'm too tired to finish and don't know what I want to say."
"Round about 14 months ago, I belonged to a FB group where someone used to post her super helpful grammar tips. She was only slightly grumpy about it. I pm'd Lady Grump all those months ago for a little advice on my tagline (back when I thought I was a VA). And she helped me and gave her time freely to me. And I've always remembered her helpful posts and her tagline help (which, alas, was ditched many moons ago). And it was because of that experience with her (and Kira's high regard for this smart woman) that I hired her yesterday and today her editing services became the icing on my slightly underdone cake of a sales page. Thank you Autumn Tompkins - you're the best!"