Writing and editing for outcomes

In this digital age with its abundance of words, I can make yours stand out.

Whether you’re writing a book or need content for websites, reports, operational documents,  tenders or submissions, my clear style will get results.

You may already have a first draft which needs to be tightened, polished and cleaned of all errors. Or you may have an idea for something completely new.

Contact me to discuss your requirements and receive a free estimate. I can be reached on (0409) 923 287 or  at jessica@yourseconddraft.com


Jessica is highly competent, motivated, an excellent writer and managed a large volume of work under tight deadlines.  She is very reliable and well able to undertake confidential and sensitive work.

The Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP
Shadow Minister for Education
& Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Jessica has worked for me across a broad range of genres and categories of books from narrative non-fiction through specialist categories as well as fiction titles. She’s an extremely thorough, hardworking and technically gifted editor who knows how to make authors happy while doing a great job on improving their books at the same time. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any author or publisher.

Joel Naoum
Critical Mass Consultancy

On a first read of my novel, Jessica revealed a flaw—missed by previous reviewers—which required a major rewrite. She has now copy edited my final work and helped me produce a more polished work. I was astonished to see the number of errors she picked up that I thought I had corrected. I would highly recommend her.

Wendy Hird

Your editing has substantially improved the quality and your suggested headings/structure will make it easier to use. A higher quality document presented for everyday use were key objectives I consider have been achieved or might’ve been exceeded. Further, I like how you worked with me to integrate my preferences.

Andrew Swaffer
Portfolio Manager

…the final edit must be made by a professional editor. I have used Jessica Stewart for my novels, and believe that she is one of the best.

John G O’Neill
Mercadier Publishing—the Home of John G O’Neill’s Books

Due to her high grades, professional attitude and admirable work ethic, I invited Jessica to join Black Phoenix Publishing Collective (bPPc), a group of qualified editors and publishers working together to publish Australian fiction using digital technology to produce affordable publications with global distribution. While at bPPc, Jessica has been involved in the editing and publishing of some seven books, four already released and three forthcoming. Jessica acted in a number of roles and performed a wide range of tasks while at bPPc, all with a high level of professionalism.

Dallas Baker
Black Phoenix Publishing Collective

Words are such a powerful way that we can bring greater value and influence to the world, but getting your message out there can be easier said than done.

I used to spend weeks reviewing, refining and rewriting my articles, but now Jessica and Your Second Draft are now part of my writing and edit process.

Jessica offers me feedback to help refine my message, whilst also ensuring that my words, message and personality come through.

Highly recommended

Darren Walsh
BreakThrough Improvement

Jessica took my extremely dense material and was able to create a visual presentation and conference handout targeted exactly to the audience’s attention span. She made me look much more professional than my original material would have looked when I did the talk! She did this at extremely short notice and I would be happy to recommend her to others. I shall be sure to ask for her services again.

Marie-Pierre Cleret

Contact me for a fast estimate here or by email at jessica@yourseconddraft.com

Business editing

I research, draft and edit critical technical and operational documents. I review and synthesise complex, technical source material, as well as conduct stakeholder interviews, for your correspondence, submissions, grants, tenders and other documentation needs.

Need compelling copy? I write persuasive submissions, book blurbs, promotional material, brochures, advertisements, and correspondence to help you achieve your goals.

Busy? I can handle large volumes of information and manage complex and sensitive issues for elected representatives and government executives under extreme pressure.

Clients include Healius Ltd, Ausgrid, Fighting Chance, E.Y. Sweeney, A. T. Kearney, Optus, Macquarie University, Australian Unity, Lexis Nexis.

I am a professional member of the Institute of Professional Editors and my services begin with a free consultation so that we can establish what kind of editing you need. I provide the following services.

  1. Structural editing: I improve the composition and flow of your document to ensure it makes sense and engages your reader.
  2. Copy editing: I correct grammar and spelling, and optimise sentence construction and word use for your audience. I accurately and clearly format tables of contents, headings, captions, tables and figures, references, citations, hyperlinks and page numbers.
  3. Proofreading: I provide a final review to give you peace of mind that your document is error-free.

Fast estimates

Project estimates
I provide fast estimates for projects.

    For proofreading and editing work, email me at jessica@yourseconddraft.com with your document’s word count and a sample from the middle section. Please also set out your requirements and expectations. I will assess the level of edit required and anticipated duration of the job.

In your email, please also provide me with your name, address and telephone number.

What happens next

The agreement

Once we agree to proceed, I will draw up an agreement which outlines the project details and expectations. It will specify rates, the level of editing that we agree is required, and payment terms. We will each sign a copy.

Once the agreement is signed, email any additional material to me: jessica@yourseconddraft.com.

The services

I work on proofs and edits electronically using Microsoft Word Track Changes.  You can see my editorial and proofing changes and compare your document with earlier drafts.

I will return your completed job by email.

All documents will be deleted from my email and hard drive 30 days after I receive the final payment.


I will issue invoices either on completion of the project or at agreed times for long projects.

Payment is by direct bank deposit or Paypal and within 7 days of the invoice date.

I make every effort to stay within my estimate. If your job takes longer than anticipated, I will contact you immediately to explain why and seek your advice before continuing.

All information that you give me will remain confidential.


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