Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. If you are working with a freelance writer for the first time, assign him or her a small "test" job. If the results are excellent, then you can probably expect future work to be great, too.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Secrets of writing? There are no secrets or shortcuts.
Concerning the profession, more people are pursuing careers in writing and there are increasingly fewer publishing venues. That's great news for somebody looking to hire a writer because our rates are much lower than they were a few years ago.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. May I see your portfolio? (You'd be surprised how many "professional writers" have no history of publication.)
What's your turnaround time for a project such as this?
How does your revision policy work?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. He or she should be able to communicate the specific parameters of the job, the budget, and the deadline.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My work stands out from others in that my early drafts tend to be clean and need little correcting--that's something that comes with experience.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. I frequently hear, "When is the soonest you can finish this?" My answer depends on the word count, amount of research, availability of experts to interview and other logistics. Lately my answer is "tomorrow." But obviously bigger projects take longer.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I can work on site in Anne Arundel County. And, of course, I can telecommute.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Prices vary a lot depending on the assignment. As a guideline, I use the Editorial Freelancers Association's common editorial rates, which are posted at http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php.