Coaching, Editing and Workshops
I know you’re nervous about hiring a freelance writer. Whether you’ve worked with one before or you know someone who has, you probably have a few horror stories: writers who didn’t know how to tailor their writing style to your needs, writers who couldn’t meet deadlines, writers that disappeared into the online void without a trace.
You don’t have to worry about any of that with me. Let me address them, one by one.
Voice and Branding
I’ve worked in marketing for many years, and I understand how important your brand is. I’ve written content for many mediums, both online and print, and know how to tailor my style to suit your needs. I’ve written everything from light-hearted blog content, to journalistic life interest stories for newspapers, to reports for strategic or business documents. I make sure to ask the right questions up front to ensure that I understand what you expect from me.
The biggest complaint I hear from clients about the freelance writers they’ve work with is the ability to meet deadlines. Not everyone is cut out for making their own schedules and sticking to deadlines.
I ran my own business for several years, and I also got both a college diploma and a university degree by correspondence, so I know how to manage my own time. I have a detailed editorial calendar where I track my projects and hours to ensure your project is never lost in the shuffle, and that you pay only for time spent on your project.
This relies, in part, on my clients meeting their end of the bargain, providing me with content in a timely manner and giving me advance notice of upcoming projects. I clearly lay out my expectations at the beginning of the process, and discuss any issues openly with you so that we can continue to have a great working relationship that can last for years.
If I commit to a project, I complete it. I will provide you with a contract that clearly lays out the project scope and both our responsibilities. On the rare occasion that I’ve been unable to complete a project due to a family emergency, I have offered clients discounts and refunds proportionate to the work left incomplete. You will never be left with a bill and a blank page.
Please contact me for a quote.
If you’ve completed your document, and feel like you’ve done as much as you can do, I can provide developmental editing services to show you how to make it better. Whether it’s a manuscript for publication or an email to your boss, you’d be surprised what a professional editor can find!
I’ll help you:
– Organize the content so that it conveys your thoughts or story in meaningful and impactful ways
– Target the language to the intended audience, whether it’s a client, an agent, a publisher, or a general reader
– Get rid of wasted words
– Make your writing more entertaining to read
– Make your content more saleable
– And much more!
Most importantly, I’ll provide you with detailed feedback and specific examples of how to improve your writing so that you can learn and grow. I believe in the philosophy, “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.”
While I don’t specifically focus on proofreading, I will point out errors as I find them. It’s just not what my editing services are all about. My focus is to look at the big picture and help you convey your thoughts more clearly, concisely, and deliberately.
My typical developmental editing rates range between $0.025/word to $0.05/word, depending on the complexity of the project. I occasionally charge per hour or flat rates. Please use the Contact Me page to reach out to me for a quote.
I regularly teach workshops on writing, editing, and communications topics. Here are a few examples of workshops I’ve recently taught:
I am happy to teach both in person or via a virtual webinar, whichever you or your group prefers. Of course, the fee varies depending on the format, but I try to be as flexible and accommodating as I can for all my clients.
Some people prefer one-on-one or face-to-face coaching. I provide coaching services to writers who are still in the process of developing their ideas, or wish to learn more about the craft of writing and editing. It doesn’t matter if you’ve only just begun the brainstorming process, or if you’ve completed one or more drafts — I’m certain I can help you fill in the blanks and feel more confident about the final product.
Please Contact Me for information about rates and to set up a customized training schedule.