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Paul D. Nixon
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  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
William S.
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I sent Paul at Virtual VP my research paper. He did it in a few hours and I got an A! I'm not a great writer and I was not confident about my paper, but my professor said it was very well.

Hyper Writer
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  • 3 years in business
Bob G.
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I work with Stephanie as a co-creator and co-moderator of the Job Networking Group of Morgan County. I could not ask for a better person to partner with. Stephanie is always thinking of ways to make the group better for the participants and her creativity and inspiration have made an enormous impact to help those looking for a job. Stephanie has great passion, energy, vision and mission focus. I'll gladly work with Stephanie on any project in the future.

Rita A.
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Dianne is an outstanding professional. She is responsive and very customer-focused. I would strongly recommend her services.

Treanor B.
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Marilyn is one of the best editors and writers I've ever worked with. She has edited my work and co-edited books with me for 4 years. I highly recommend her! You will be very happy with her expertise, abilities, and kindness!

  • 9 years in business

Undergraduate to graduate academic writing for college students. I will also do your online college courses. I have brought many students to graduation. References can be furnished. I am a master writer and very proud of the excellent work that I do.


I'm a writer looking for work. I have a bachelors degree and 10 years experience in writing/editing.


I am a graphic designer and technical writer. I have experience with multiple graphic and photo editing software as well as animation.


Writing is my livelihood so I understand the importance of communication and deadlines. I can help you with all of your editorial needs. My experience includes creative writing as well as writing and editing articles for newsletters, magazines and newspapers. I can also help you with content for a blog, website, eBook or any other writing project. I assure you that your project is in capable hands with me.


Dedicated, dependable, detail-oriented writer, editor, proofreader and marketing pro with 12 years freelance experience in many capacities. I walk the talk for my clients, always up for the challenge of immersing myself in new topics to write and edit a variety of documents, copy and content including print (magazines and books) and online (website, social media, blog posts, content) for businesses, nonprofits and individuals. I hold a BA in Journalism and MFA in Creative Nonfiction: in other words, I love what i do! From proofreading to complete project management, I'm a highly enthusiastic, fast and accurate writer and editor. I care about your project, your specific needs and your deadlines. Definitely not a "flaky artist" type, I do the job how and when you need it. I do what I love and love what I do and hope I can help you, too!


If you need help with personal correspondence getting a point or feeling across, an invitation, need some attention from a business or service that has not lived up to your expectations, or need a holiday recap letter, I can put the words on paper or in ether for you.

  • 8 years in business

I am an independent spoken word artist, writer, actress, screenwriter, and speaker. I travel, with a deposit and traveling expenses provided, etc.

  • 4 years in business

Targeting expertise encourages in-depth thinking about your project, and style formatting will get your documents through any content validation program.


I am a retired educator hoping to earn supplemental income as a freelance writer. My interests are more toward academic, fiction and feature writing rather than technical. Toward that end, I would like to ghostwrite for perspective fiction authors, write features for magazines and do research as a writer (or coach) of academic/term papers. I have a masters in English, and although I have not yet established myself as a professional writer, I will guarantee satisfaction for my work.

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How do you hire a good grant writer?

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses that qualify for government grants, and individuals who qualify for foundation or government grants. Hiring a good grant writer can help you gain funding in your chosen field. According to the American Grant Writers’ Association, grant writers can help you research potential grant opportunities; write grant proposals, create budgets, and build budget narratives; review written materials before you submit; prepare a business plan; analyze your organization for grant competitive qualities; prepare research grants; help with 501(c)(3) applications for nonprofits; and more. Investing in the right grant writer could result in a financial win for your organization. Generally no licenses or certificates are required to be a good grant writer, but you may want to find a grant writer who has been certified (not just received a certificate of completion) by a reputable organization such as the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. Qualities to look for in a good grant writer include:

  • Proven success writing winning grants, especially in your target area.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong math skills and demonstrated proficiency with budgeting.
  • Careful attention to detail — brilliant grant proposals may be rejected just for formatting errors, so you want someone who follows instructions explicitly.
  • Expertise in your target area.
  • Punctuality and good communication skills.

How much does a grant writer cost?

Hiring a grant writer can give you a competitive edge when applying for financial grants for your business or nonprofit organization, or as an individual. The cost to hire a grant writer can vary depending on their academic background, areas of expertise, previous grant writing success and years of experience. According to the Grant Professionals Association, grant writers should be paid hourly or by flat fee. It is unethical for a grant writer to accept a commission or percentage compensation of grant monies received. They can, however, be awarded bonuses in line with the hiring company’s prevailing practices. Here are some examples of average grant writing fees:

  • Hourly rate for grant writers with less experience or fewer grants awarded: $25-$35 per hour.
  • Hourly rate for grant writers with some degree of success: $35-$75 per hour.
  • Hourly rate for grant writers with proven success winning large grants: $75-$150 or more per hour.
  • For a smaller grant, the writer may charge a flat fee of $200-$500 for preparation and submission.  

Pricing may also vary based on the complexity of the grant application. A federal grant that requires pages of research, budgets and a business plan may take more than 30 hours to prepare. For a high-level grant writer who charges $100 per hour, this means $3,000 or more in grant writing fees.

Most grant writers will provide you with a total cost estimate before agreeing to the work. You may be required to pay a deposit up front, or the grant writer may work from a retainer. Often, seasoned grant writers pay for themselves in the long run by writing successful grants.

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