Frequently asked questions
What types of services do you offer?
I offer a range of writing, editing and marketing services to businesses and nonprofits.
My writing services include article writing, copywriting, ghostwriting, content writing, journalism, website copy, blogging, white papers and reports, ad copy, and video scripts. My work is not limited to those categories, however. If you need writing for a project not listed, contact me, and I will let you know how I can help.
My editing services include editing, copyediting, proofreading, content flow, and style guide creation. I specialize in AP Style and APA Style.
My marketing services include social media marketing (including designing social media posts, monitoring and measurement), content marketing, email marketing, inbound and outbound marketing, paid advertising campaigns, search advertising campaigns, public relations, and media relations. My specialty is social media marketing for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, though I can market using other social media platforms.
In addition, I offer content strategy services, do consulting work, and coaching and training.
How much do you charge?
Costs vary based on a variety of factors, including the client relationship, complexity of the project, volume of work, and deadline. For example, I charge more for “rush” projects than I do for planned projects. I also offer volume discounts to clients who have a significant amount of work for me.
I offer discounts for 501(c)3 nonprofits, and I will occasionally trade services with another professional in lieu of payment.
I work with each client to identify the best pricing model for their needs and budget. I charge by the hour starting at $75 an hour, by the project, or by the month. Some clients prefer to have me on retainer, so they pay me a set amount per month to have me on stand by for their projects.
It is important to me that I provide a good value to my clients, based on their needs and the scope of each project. I track my time for each project to ensure that I am not overcharging or undercharging my clients for their work. For example, I charge a flat rate for a daily article for one of my clients. I track how long it takes me to write each one to be sure I am charging her fairly. If needed, we make adjustments with the assignment, rate or overall budget.
Prior to beginning work, the client and I will agree on a budget and, if requested, I will provide a written, non-binding quote.
How will I know if you are right for my project?
It is important that my clients and I are a good fit for each other. If we aren’t, the client won’t be satisfied with my work or our working relationship. To help us establish fit and suitability, I offer a complimentary, one-hour consultation by phone or video call to get to know the client and learn more about their projects. This consultation is a good opportunity for us to develop a rapport and to decide if my style and skills are a good match for the client’s needs.
How do you work with clients?
Unless the client is located in the greater Seattle area, most of the work is done virtually by phone, email, and/or video chat. When the client and I first agree to work together, the client and I sign an agreement outlining our arrangement which includes the scope of work, agreed upon cost, and deadlines. The agreement also includes a non-disclosure clause on my part to assure the client that any proprietary knowledge gained during our working relationship remains between us. In exchange, I ask the client to agree to not share my rates with prospective clients as each client relationship and project vary, and I tailor my rates for each.
For brand new clients, I require a 25% deposit paid via debit card, credit card, or PayPal. I’ll provide an invoice through QuickBooks, and clients can pay directly from the link in the invoice. Unless otherwise agreed upon, the balance is due upon the completion of the project. In the case of clients who are on retainer, I bill monthly at the beginning of each month. Payment is due within 15 days of receipt of the invoice, unless another arrangement has been discussed in advance.
Can I see samples of your work?
Absolutely! My published work can be accessed on my Portfolio page. For other samples, please contact me directly. I have many samples available but need to redact client information first for confidentiality reasons.
You can also see a list of publications where my work has been published on my About Me page. Many of the publications are still around, but a few like Computer Source, Kent Magazine and Renton Magazine are no longer in business.