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  • 8 years in business
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Ghost Writers, Etc. A boutique service for executives on a mission Why? As a busy executive in an increasingly complex world, you may find yourself without the time to do many of the things that could help you extend your business influence or simply achieve personal growth goals. You may be too busy to keep abreast of the latest peripheral developments in a given area, conduct research vital to the creation of a new product or idea, or you may simply be too exhausted at the end of a long day of meetings to read all you need to read. Experience that can be of benefit to you: With over 40 years of experience in the corporate world, in travel, and in the world of academia combined, I have a unique perspective on your needs and what could help you connect the dots, find more time to do what you want to do, or simply achieve greater personal peace of mind. Research – First, I personally love to read and research almost any subject, from art history to the latest developments in oil and gas discoveries. I hold a Master’s degree in Art History and have taught art history classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as at Birmingham-Southern College. Travel – Extensive travel throughout England, Europe, Russia and China. If you or your staff have travel needs, I can offer assistance as well as knowledge about these areas, including making travel reservations, booking accommodations, or even finding an out-of-the way and unique location for a meeting. Speech/Article Writing – I have written a book about a prominent mid-twentieth century American businessman as well as a thesis and many other articles for both the business and the academic worlds. I wrote and was editor-in-chief of Harbert Corporation’s international corporate magazine. Synopsizing What You Don’t Have Time To Read – Tell me what your needs are in the way of additional information for your business or even your personal reading requirements. I can read it, synopsize it for you in a one-page or shorter format, and furnish you the heart and core of what you need to know. Cataloguing, Valuing, and Securing the Safety of Personal / Corporate Collections – With experience as an art historian and professor of art history, I have the ability to assess and inventory your collections, whether corporate or private, whether paintings, sculptures, or other objets d’art with expertise as well as total confidentiality. Confidential Documentation - I have extensive experience working with executives at the highest corporate level. I can help you keep track of your investments or other private financial records with the full knowledge that your private business remains private. I have passed the NASD Series 7 exam to be a registered trader in stocks, bonds, and other investment products. Other – Your needs may include the above, a combination, or some other business requirement you or your assistant simply have neither the time nor inclination to do. If so, talk to me. I will tailor a program designed specifically for your business needs. An initial consultation is yours for the asking. My fee structure is reasonable and flexible on an hourly, daily, weekly, or other basis, as convenient for you, at your service. GhostWriters,Etc. Linda Stephan

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I have a great deal of experience in pro se litigation: discrimination. I tutor English, proofread & edit, and ghostwrite.

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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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