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A HIRED WRITER


 

A professional writer who knows business.
A business professional who can write.

 

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There are other writers and consultants to choose from? Why pick A Hired Writer?

What is your process for managing a project?

What are your rates and how do I pay you?

What types of projects do you handle?

I also need graphic design, printing and/or web design. Do you do that?

How do I get started?

How do I get a quote?

How long will take to finish my project?

How do you handle revisions and changes?

What about confidentiality or ghostwriting?

Will you be able to work with me/my boss? What is your style of working?

I知 not sure what I want to do...or exactly how to do this!

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There are other writers and consultants to choose from...Why pick A Hired Writer?

I'm probably a lot different than many other writers out there.  I was a business professional first, and a writer second. My writing experience came from the demanding business environment I was trained in. Working for Procter & Gamble was an excellent training ground. P&G specialized in the 1-page memo. We would often rewrite documents 20 or 30 times. I learned that clarity of writing comes from clarity of thought, and clarity of strategy. I've applied those learning and standards to everything I did thereafter in business: marketing, consulting, training with both large businesses and small. You can see the depth of my business experience in my credentials page.  At any rate, you can see the difference in my tag line:

"A professional writer who knows business. A business professional who can write."


What is your process for managing a project?
1) I have to find out what you need. Typically you can submit a request for proposal right from my website, or you can email/fax me the information. The more detail you provide, the better! Usually we'll talk to better define what you need

2) I send you a quote/proposal, defining the tasks, our respective responsibilities, the output and the timing.  Often it will contain a range of hours per activity, with a total.

3) If you want to hire me you'll sign the contract and payment terms. Because the work I do is creative in nature, I take payment upfront.  I take MasterCard and VISA to make it easy on clients

4) We get to work. I always meet or exceed deadlines.  I communicate via email, phone and/or fax, to get questions answered or provide updates.


What are your rates and how do I pay you?
My rates are usually based on an $85/hour target.  However, I can often quote by the project, which can result in a reduced rate per hour.  My quotes/proposals tend to be detailed and tell you what is covered in the estimate (such as number of revisions), with hourly rates that can be added if the project strays from the initial plan.

For payment, I take MasterCard and Visa plus PayPal (credit cards, checks and bank transfers) to make it simple and easy to pay for services. Since the work I do is creative in nature, I do take payment upfront of the estimate.

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What types of projects do you handle?
In my many years as a marketer, manager, consultant, trainer, career specialist and writer, I've created tons of different projects. That's how A Hired Writer was born.  I realized the depth and the breadth of my business exposure and experience, from managing multi-billion brands for Fortune 100 companies to consulting with small businesses, to working one-on-one with individuals in career transition. It all translates into effective communication based on clear and strategic thinking.

A quick look at the case studies will give you a good idea of the industries I've worked in. But my clients have found that experience within their industries is irrelevant. I know how to conduct research and ask the questions that will give me the information needed to write high-impact copy.


I also need graphic design, printing and/or web design. Do you do that?
I am not a graphics artist, nor do I typically prepare and deliver printed materials to printers. While I often write and create simple websites, I am not an HTML expert, nor do I create shopping carts and complicated designs. Those are all very specialized fields, and not ones where I am a specialist!

However, I have tons of experience working with such specialists, and I frequently work with  top-rate experts in graphic and web site design, public relations, printing, and web design. I can work with your team of experts, or I can provide a referral so you can work directly with these individuals, or I can subcontract the work on your behalf. Whatever works!


How do I get started?  How do I get a quote?
Tell me what you want!  The best way is to send a request for proposal right from my website, or you may call (813-926-1353), email (gailfrank@post.harvard.edu) or fax (813-926-1092) me.  The more information you provide me the better.  I can then get you a quote and we can follow the project management process I use.


How long will take to finish my project?
It all depends! Everything is created custom for you, so tell me what your timeframes are for delivery of your project, and we'll agree on a deadline.


How do you handle revisions and changes?
I usually include one set of changes/revisions by the client. This usually works perfectly since we spend a lot of time upfront discussing the project and outcomes, and I try to keep clients updated on the choices, strategy and rationale as I go along. Additional revisions or changes to the project can be accommodated until you are happy, I would just issue a new estimate of charges to get the project completed to your satisfaction.


What about confidentiality or ghostwriting?
Whatever you want! I am very happy working "behind the scenes" or staying anonymous. I get my satisfaction from the creation process. Since we spell out all our agreements in writing before we work together, we can write any confidentiality agreements you need into the contract. That goes for signing confidentiality agreements too.


Will you be able to work with me/my boss? What is your style of working?

My style tends to be very straightforward. I get to get as much information as I can upfront, then be free to go off and create. I like to "go the extra mile" and make the work even better than what was expected.

The people I work best with are the ones who know they need something done but don't have the time/skills to do it. They can at least articulate enough so that we can craft a plan together, and they then sit back and let me work. I can really help people who either have 1) a very specific item they require and lots of background and info for me or 2) those who have a general idea of what they want and are open to ideas and suggestions.

If you typically have to have total control, micro-manage or want to co-create, or want 6 revisions because you change your mind often, we will likely not have a great working relationship. I work best with the people who are hiring a contractor with credentials and can trust in their expertise and professionalism.


I知 not sure what I want to do...or exactly how to do this!
If you have an open mind and can explain the end point you require....we can figure it out!  Often a client thinks they want something (a flyer) when what they really need something different (perhaps an ongoing newsletter to past clients). That's where the value of prior business expertise comes in--being able to  understand business goals and objectives, and how different marketing and collateral outputs can support those goals. So talk to me or write out what you are trying to accomplish, and we'll pick the right items for you.

 

                  
                       

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