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How I Work Freelance Writing & Consulting

   Helping organizations produce clear, effective communications

It’s 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

You’re shaking your head over what was supposed to be the final report. Whole sections are missing. The writer didn’t even bother to do a global search and replace on the text she copied from a similar report. Words are misspelled.

Your weekend beach trip is looking like a wash out. And with your heavy schedule next week, you don’t know how you’ll get everything done on time.

Take a deep breath. Relax. Pick up the phone.

Help is at hand. I’m a pro at quick turnarounds, and I’m just a phone call or e-mail away.

Copywriting when, where, and how you need it

Whether we’ve worked together before, or you’re a brand new client panicked about an upcoming deadline, you can count on me to help you get things done.

I’m a commercial freelance writer.  Sometimes people call me a copywriter or business writer. Business writing is my specialty. 

I know how to write so the intended audience will get your point.  I can help you logically organize your print material and keep on topic. I'm detail-oriented with a strong working knowledge of grammar and syntax.

As a former CPA and IT consultant, I understand the business world. And as the wife of a small business owner and a sole proprietor myself, I know what it’s like to be a “jack of all trades.” (Or should I say “jill?”)

I understand the challenges of working within a tight budget with only 24 hours in a day.

Whether you’re a large international corporation or government agency or a one-person start-up, you get the same quality, dedication, professionalism, and effort.

If you frequently miss out on your beach weekends (like the hypothetical manager above), or you haven’t had coffee with your best friend in months because of your workload...

Here’s how to get started:

First, we need to talk.

By phone, by e-mail, or even in person. You’ll need to take the next step, and contact me.  We’ll discuss your project needs, budget, and timeframe. I’ll assess whether or not I think I can do a great job for you, and I’ll let you know if there’s a good match.

If you’re in a rush, we’ll get started right away.

I can handle everything by phone and e-mail to minimize the impact on you. If you have an outline, a rough draft, some ideas, or samples, you can send me the files or links by e-mail. Or I can accept documents by fax. Or if you’re local (I’m in Colorado Springs), we can even meet in person.

If all you have is a blank page, that’s okay, too. We’ll talk about what you need, and I’ll make some suggestions for your approval. Then I’ll take it from there.

I’ll give you a free 30-minute consultation or review with no strings attached.

Want some ideas for revamping your website or brochure? Suggestions for a proposed newsletter? Or feedback on an existing piece of marketing collateral or standard proposal text?  If you’ve got something down on paper, I’ll be glad to take a look and give you some feedback and suggestions. If you just want to talk about your project and get some ideas on how to get started, I can help you on the road to achieving your goal.

Our initial meeting and any resulting ideas, suggestions, or edits won’t cost you anything. (Most meetings take place by phone and last from 20 to 30 minutes.)  I’ll include written feedback on your copy at no charge.  You’re free to incorporate my ideas and suggestions whether you decide to use my services or not.

Why do I give you a free consultation?

It’s not just because I’m nice (though most of my clients would say that applies). When we meet to discuss your project and your expectations of a freelance writer, our work together is much more likely to be mutually beneficial. I’ll be able to see whether or not my skills and expertise can add value to your project. You’ll get a better sense of what it’s like to work with me and if you think I can help. And we’ll both begin our working relationship (if we proceed) on strong footing.

Here’s what happens next:

It’s up to you.

If you’re ready to proceed with a project, we’ll work out the details. We’ll need an agreement that lays out the important factors such as what work I’ll do, what products I’ll deliver and when you need them, and how much it will cost.

If you aren’t ready to commit, you’re free to take my suggestions and use them as you see fit. I won’t hassle you or try to guilt you into using my services.

You have as much control as you want.

After we’ve worked out the details, you can walk away knowing you’ll have the finished product right on time. You won’t need to call me to see how I’m doing or if I have any questions. If I promise a delivery date, I’ll meet it. If I have questions or need more information, I’ll let you know.

 If you’d feel better with regular progress reports, or several interim drafts, I’m glad to provide them. Some people feel better knowing where things stand. If you’re one of them, I’m happy to provide multiple drafts, regular status updates, or participate in team meetings to let you know where I stand.

The finished product is yours.

You own the rights to any copy I produce for you. Once you’ve paid the agreed upon fee, it’s yours to use as you wish. If you want to make minor edits, update the copy from time to time, or even rewrite the whole piece, you don’t need to check with me.

If you’re not happy with my work, I want to make it right. If you’re considering a major overhaul because you’re not happy with what I’ve provided, I want to know about it. Not because of pride of authorship, but because I want you to get good value for your money. And I want to display samples of my work that my clients are happy with, not just writing I think sounds good.

I’m always looking for ways to improve my skills and the services I can offer. I welcome your feedback.

Got more questions about how I work?

Check my frequently asked questions (FAQ) for more information.

Read what others I’ve worked with have to say.

To learn more about the kinds of services a copywriter provides, how copywriting might benefit your organization, and my services specifically, click on the link below.

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“I thought the new [corporate] brochure was great.  When I was reading it, I was actually enjoying what I was reading and wanted to read it instead of just thinking ‘blah, blah’ like you do with most brochures.”

Linda Glasco
Executive Vice President, The MIL Corporation
Bowie, Maryland

Read more testimonials.

 

If you want to know more about how I work, or you need information tailored for your specific circumstances or needs, please contact me directly for more information. 

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