— ABOUT —

Where scientific expertise meets engaging writing

I work with medical and biopharma companies to help them create regulatory documents, medical communications material and website content. Get clear, accurate and compelling content that pleases stakeholders and engages your audience.

Are you tired of having to choose between compliant or creative content?

A medical writer ready for digital disruption

Technology is changing the way people behave and interact with companies in every sector, including pharma, biotech, health, and medical industries.

If you want to future-proof your business, get ready to have a true digital presence and give your audience the information they’re looking for, the way they want it.

To reach, inform, and engage people – whether they’re patients, clients, or other stakeholders – you’ll need to create content that is found on search engines, connects with your reader, and provides real value.

Beside scientific expertise, I can bring copywriting and SEO knowledge to your projects, so you can create better content for your audience.

Medical writing is an ever-changing subject

And that’s why I’m an active member of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), where I get continuous professional development and resources that help me keep updated. As a way to give back to the association I have written some articles for Medical Writing, EMWA’s journal, and I volunteer for the webinar team.

 

From pharmacist to medical writer

Before starting my career as a medical writer, I worked as a pharmacist in a community pharmacy, interacting with patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals in a daily basis.

Working in a public-facing role taught me how to communicate effectively with people with all sorts of backgrounds and education levels.

Formal learning

  • Pharmacy BSc (Hons), Lisbon School of Health Technology
  • Postgraduate certificate in Phytotherapy and Herbal Medicines, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences MSc, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon

Professional courses

  • Clinical Research Associate

  • Medical Science Liaison

  • Health Writing

Memberships

  • Ordem dos Farmacêuticos (OF – Portuguese Pharmacists Association)
  • European Medical Writers Association (EMWA)
  • The Clever Copywriting School
  • The Recipe for SEO Success

How I Work

The specific process will vary depending on your needs, and the level and type of expertise needed for your project, but these are the main steps we’ll go through:

1. Initial contact and brief

After receiving your enquiry via email or contact page, I’ll respond as soon as possible (usually 1-2 business days). I’ll ask for some details about the type of project, your goals, and estimated deadline to make sure I can help you.

Based on the information you give me and if we decide to move forward, I’ll write a proposal for you. If an NDA is required, I’ll sign it before you give me any confidential information, of course.

2. Proposal/Quote

I know your time is scarce, so I make my proposals easy to read. They’ll have enough detail to let you know the main deliverables and a timeline so that you know when to expect them.

3. Contract and 1st payment

After sending you the proposal, I hope to hear from you in a week, even if you decide not to go ahead with that particular project.

If you decide to move forward, I’ll send you a contract to sign and an invoice for the first payment, which usually corresponds to 50% of the total amount. Please note that I only book your project on my calendar and start working on it after the first payment is settled.

4. 1st draft delivery

This is the part where I research, write, read, rewrite and give my best to deliver something that makes you happy. I won’t disappear into a cave, though: you’ll get regular updates via your preferred medium.

5. Revisions

For all writing projects, I offer up to two rounds of revisions to fine-tune the copy, although they’re usually not necessary. I’ll wait a week or two before chasing you to check you’re satisfied with the result, otherwise I’ll wrap up the project and send in the final invoice.

FAQ

What’s your hourly rate?

I charge by project, not by hour. I do have exceptions for agencies and retainer agreements, but the hourly/daily rate will depend on the type of project. Please get in touch for more information.

Are you a native English speaker?

No. My native language is Portuguese. I speak and write perfectly in English, but if you absolutely need a native speaker, I urge you to check EMWA freelance directory. Or get in touch for a referral, I’m happy to help.

I just need an article/blog post, do I need to follow your “how I work” process?

Head over to my services page and check out the available packages. Easy peasy.

Are you an experienced medical writer?

I have plenty of communication and writing experience in the health and medical writing space. My regulatory writing experience is limited but if I can’t help, I’m happy to refer someone.

Why do you charge a 50% payment?

It’s the industry best practice.

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