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El Cerrito Writers

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  • 20 years in business
  • 684 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lorelei S.
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Dr. Kovan has impressed me with her writing and editing skills! I wish I could rate my overall experience with additional stars because she did a phenomenal job! To trust someone to revamp my CV and Cover letters within a few days in order to meet a specific deadline was scary and stressful at first, but once she broke down the steps in a collaborative and encouraging manner, my anxiety decreased! Within 24 hours, she produced a jaw dropping, Beautiful CV that I could not have ever imagined would have my name attached at the top! Her overall performance and service is worth every penny, I can assure you! Furthermore, to receive a professional, articulate, creative, and strategic cover letter was beyond what I expected. I can't say enough POSITIVES about this entire experience working with Dr. Kovan! She truly is the EDIT GURU! The extra extra stars reflects the experience of working with such a delightful, Hilarious and encouraging person who listens well to feedback and acts on it to make the experience more collaborative. COHESIVE experience across the board! *****

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Lisa Franklin, Career Coach
from 62 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather G.
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Great experience. I am very happy that I chose Lisa. She took a lot of time to get to know me before writing my resume. She did an excellent job on the resume, cover letter, and gave fantastic advice!

Midnight Writer Productions
from 67 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
Stetson M.
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I like the fact that he really is into you and what you are writing

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Strategic Transformations
from 55 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karen Y.
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So far things are going well. Rita asked me many questions and is in the preliminary stages of writing a resume draft.

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Textrous Editing
from 21 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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Working with Sangeeta was a dream come true! Throughout the entire week or so that we revised and edited my senior thesis, she was almost always available, present, committed, and encouraging. I had no idea how genuinely engaged she would be when she offered to assist me. Finishing the project was stressful. I am a perfectionist. But my worries were reduced because of her. I cannot say how many times she wrote and responded to my Thumbtack messages and emails, reviewing 30,000 words more than once. I highly recommend Sangeeta, and, if you have questions, write her. I am sure that her way of going above and beyond will show in her response. Good luck with your project! :)

Author Lori Armstrong
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Roberto R.
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I did business with Lori after losing my job of 15 years, I needed to update and revamp my Resume along with creating a professional catchy cover letter. I was stuck with writers block and needed a jump start. I reached out to several resume writers and Lori is the one that had caring in her style and truly wanted to help. She made the whole process easy for me and not only helped me with my resume and cover letter she also gave me a pep talk that helped me get my mojo back. Lori is one of those persons that still exists that care about how and what she does. With her help I am back in business and options are opening up for me. I would rehire her in a second and if you need help writing a document or reviewing documents she is your person.

  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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I found Dr. Beth via Thumbtack and she has been an invaluable source of advice and writing support. She helped me revise my resume, as well as helped with interview coaching. Dr. Beth brings professionalism and a high level of experience to assist job seekers. I highly recommend her!

  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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Anish was excellent at walking through some of the tougher GRE concepts with me, ensuring I was prepared for all of the different types of questions on the exam. I am much more comfortable and confident in tackling the material after working with him.

  • 4 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Adnan T.
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He is very experienced and knowledgeable. He keeps his lesson effective, engaging and fun. Our kids are able to stay focus and overcome their fear of writing. We definitely plan to keep working with Tim

  • 19 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Catalina T.
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I appreciate his attention to detail. He is informative and offers insight as to why he is making certain edits to aid in my growth and development as a writer. He provides constructive criticism when necessary while preserving my autonomy. He has been a valuable asset to my research writing. Noteworthy: Julian is not trained in scientific writing and has provided me with the most meaningful edits when compared to those who are trained in the field. The sign of a truly extraordinary editor. Highly recommend.

Black Dot Writing, LLC
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Doug R.
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Kate is an incredibly talented editor. She's fast, friendly and catches all those little annoying mistakes that otherwise would slip through the cracks. I highly recommend Kate and Black Dot Writing!

A. Morten
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
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She is great at her experience and is very resourceful at the work she provides. Would use her service support again in the near future.

  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Tressa O.
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I've been CEO of my late husband's SaaS business for the last ten years. As such, it's been a long time since I've written a resume. I was in total chaos selling my business and looking for a new career. Brian, helped me layout all the responsibilities and positions that I preformed during my tenure at the software company along with my own 20 years in the hospitality industry. Brian was great to work. He is warm and well versed in career coaching, resume writing and helpful hints on interviewing. His process consisting of a two hour interview, a follow-up review session, and as many drafts and edits as needed. I also had him re-create my LinkedIn profile, cover letter, and recommended resources for successful interviews. The end product was excellent and concise. His rates are reasonable,. He is a talented man with a wealth of experience. I recommend him. I've already gotten two interviews in one week.

WriteStuff Ink
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Karen K.
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As a first time author, I must say, that being guided by Jim Baldwin was one of the best decisions I made in self-publishing. He helped me clarify my story in ways I had little if any experience. He asked great questions so as to clearly understand the topics of my writing. He provided positive feedback encouraging me that my story was meaningful. Without changing any thought, feeling or intention he was able to help me convey my point more clearly and with better impact. I learned a great deal by working with Jim about the impact sentence structure had on content and how less words were often more powerful and direct. He was also calm, caring and showed great interest in my story as well as being open to working collaborative with the other members on my team. I am eager to work with him on future books.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mike G.
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In a very short time Francesca helped our daughter improve her spelling and made her very confident in her writing. I highly recommend Cesca!

Melanie M.
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I have twins in high school and they both really enjoy working with Scott. They learned so much in the initial "Writing Basics 101" with Scott, and now they work via email with him on various assignments. Scott is meticulous. Rather than sending quick edits on the writing samples, Scott responds with detailed explanations. He also checks in with me on their progress.

Videos With Wendy
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I create fun and engaging videos for you to advertise your business.


-Writing/Editing -Resume/Cover Letter -Interview Skills/Presentation Ideals I provide a basic service of utilizing my knowledge of resume writing to develop a quality presentation on what is necessary for effective writing. Having worked as an associate coordinator for a writing, reading, and study skills unit, I was able to provide quality care in terms of strong, vivid writing for a variety of differing needs.I am more than happy to provide an effective program for those who wish to utilize my services.


I have a range of experience in writing, from creative to technical. I have a knack for taking complicated ideas and descriptions and putting them into language that will be easy to read for your target audience. I have a sharp editorial eye and can offer editorial services ranging from big picture and storytelling down to the nitty-gritty of copywriting. I am fluent in Spanish and have published Spanish-to-English translations.

  • 4 years in business

Writing Assessment, Tutoring, In-Servicing, and Editing for Business, High School, College, and University All the benefits of your own writing editor, tutor, or staff educator without any of the hassles: we design around you. All income and expectation levels served. We develop material and price our services based on each client's needs; our writing support can be provided by phone, in-home, in-person, on-site, or online. Past and current writing success with clients ranging in age from 14 to 79; no business is too large or too small for our writing support services.


I really haven't checked out many of the works by others who do what I do. I believe all competent writers who train their skills on helping others, attempt their very best. Some are better than others and all have a different perspective on related experience, format and nuance. If a client has a question on my choice of words to descibe their experience, I work with that client to help the final version sing.

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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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