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5. Lynne Feldman
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  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Dana Point, CA
Wow! What a wonderful experience I had with Lynne! If anyone has been struggling to find a professional editor, Lynne will put all of your worries behind you. It took me a while to write this review, because I have been at a loss for words. I had hired two editors before I hired Lynne. One of them did a mediocre job, and the other one took my money and never produced a single edit. After losing lots of money, I still needed an editor. but I was demoralized and reluctant to try again. My stomach was twisted in knots as I wrestled with what to do about an editor. After talking with three more editors on Thumbtack (disappointing), I found Lynne. I stared at her reviews and wondered could she possibly be any different than the others. Once I got up the courage to message her, I expressed my apprehension. In her kind, gentle, and confident way she restored my faith to try again. She did not have a long complicated, threatening contract (like some of the others I've seen), because her word was her bond. She listened and understood my concerns, then she went right to work to show me what she could do. She did some sample edits, and I was so tense waiting to be disappointed one more time. The first time I got back her edits, I sat at my desk and cried. I didn't want my wife to hear me sobbing, but I simply could not hold back the tears. Finally, I had found the editor who could take my jumbled thoughts and turn them into something that even amazed me. For the first time I was reading my thoughts the way I wanted them to be expressed. I remember asking her what happens if she misses a deadline. She said, "I won't." I said, "Yeah, but what if you do?" She said, "I won't." She was right. I always knew what to expect and when to expect it. We had a phone call after every section of edits. This way, we were always on the same page. If anyone needs more assurance, I give Lynne permission to give my phone number to anyone who is still uncertain. I am overjoyed that I entrusted Lynne with my manuscript. She is patient, persistent, and extremely gifted at her craft. She is the best! I can't wait to hire her again for my next project. I am forever grateful to her. Thanks you again Lynne!See more

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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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