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Lake Forest Copy Editors

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Maverick Consulting
4.5
from 78 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Chris G.
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Hired Maverick Consulting for the edit of my non-fiction book. Very personable and even met with me in person. Edits and comments were easy to understand and helped improve the flow of the book. Edits were given in a timely manner. Communication was continuous even after the editing work was completed. Feedback was given as way to improve the overall flow and quality of the book. Very reasonable rates for the amount of work on manuscript. Definitely recommend Maverick Consulting for your literary work!

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FISV LLC.
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gwen L.
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I have worked with Lois for the past three month, and she is just AMAZING. I have learned so much from her about public speaking, interview techniques and accent reduction. I am now much more confident about my English and presentation stills. She did an absolutely fantastic job on editing my resume and personal statements. Unlike online editing services (which just correct grammar and punctuation mistakes and typos), she spent time to know my vision and what I really wanted to express. The end results were impressive pieces that were personal and really made me stand out. Lois is intelligent, delightful and inspirational, and I truly enjoy her teaching. I especially love her homemade iced tea in this hot summer. I strongly recommend Lois for her lessons and will definitely continue working with her!

Thinque Prep
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel K.
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Joyee was instrumental in helping me edit and revise my personal statement for graduate school. With his assistance, I developed a strong personal statement that ultimately got me admission into my top choice. He is really the best!

Elegant Editing
4.7
from 38 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Anna S.
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Melanie is excellent to work with. She gives more than 100% She helped me with a children's book and did a wonderful job. She answered my questions in a timely manner and returned my work to me ahead of schedule. My next project will be articles in the field of Human Resources which I plan to ask for her editing expertise. I highly recommend Melanie of Elegant Editing.

  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel N.
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Mauri has been very effective in proofreading and editing my academic paper. So far Mauri has done a great job and her professional contribution to my work is excellent. I do hope I will be able to accomplish my project.

The Write Girl
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Ike Z.
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Absolute pleasure to work with! She did wonders with editing!! 10/10 recommend!!

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Celia Pool
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
KR R.
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Celia copy-edited my manuscript as I was preparing to go on submission to literary agents. Her work was fast and extremely thorough, catching not only typos and grammatical mistakes, but also helping to maintain style consistency. I have since signed with a literary agent (with that same manuscript)! I would definitely recommend Celia to anyone looking for a key editorial eye to give your manuscript a boost of professionalism!

  • 12 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Katrina N.
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Rowena is fantastic! From the moment I met her, she was so easy to talk to and work with. She is compassionate, knowledgeable, professional, thorough and more than affordable! She agreed to meet me in person because I didn't have a resume for her to edit. She also provides interviewing preparation and tutoring! I recommend her to anyone who is looking for this type of service.

KNDK Consulting
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sophia B.
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Kelli, is highly professional, intelligent, and detailed oriented. She is an excellent writer herself and provides high quality editing including proper citation and footnoting. I high recommend her services and am extremely satisfied with the work she has done for me and how timely it was performed.

Jaz Persing
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Skylar H.
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Jaz is my go-to editor when it comes to proofreading, editing, and story notes. I've worked with her on novels, applications, TV scripts, and even important emails. Breaking Jaz down: Proofreading: I'm dyslexic, so I NEED a good proofreader. Jaz doesn't let a single typo or grammatical error slide. Editing: She simply has an editor's mind. Time and time again she has tweaked my work to make it more concise and easier to read. Story notes: Jaz simply has a gift with story. She is able to pinpoint major problems and offer solutions that can really take your work to a professional level. She is also stellar with character and character voice/dialogue too. Jaz is always punctual with deadlines and a joy to work with. I couldn't recommend her more!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Suzan E.
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Andy was great! He wrote some copy for our website and added lots of great blog content. He was easy to work with and finished quickly. I highly recommend Andy.

Paul R.
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Heather has been fantastic and insightful - I'm so very happy I've hired Heather.

Ghost Strategies
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Patty A.
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Chris has edited my blogs, speeches, and writings for over two years. He also handles all of my social media. I couldn't have accomplished what I have without him. He is my eyes and ears for publications and social media. -- Patty Alper (www.teachtowork.com)

Writing in the Light
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gina T.
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When I first met Rachelle, I knew nothing about writing, but she made a published writer of me, helping me find my voice and teaching me the writing craft in a supportive, nurturing environment with constructive, positive feedback. Rachelle is an excellent teacher and her editing skills are unmatched.

About

After working as an editor for a transcription company for a couple of years, I've built up my skills in proofreading and editing while working with audio. Now, I'm looking to expand and work with other types of content, both tied to audio and not. To that end, I'm currently getting used to working with the Chicago Manual of Style.

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High energy professional with award winning background.

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I am a full-time lover of literature and adjective addict and feel lucky my hobbies and career are so intricately intertwined. As a character architect and story analyst, I spend my time happily obsessing over the subtle nuances in dialogue and musing over whether ellipses or exclamation points communicate a story's unique theme and tonal texture. With a background in academic writing, reporting, copyediting, features editing, screenwriting, and creative writing, I offer a wealth of experience to whatever writing or editing task you have at hand.

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We offer the following: - Writing - Technical Writing - Copy Writing - Academic Writing and Editing (APA) - Syllabi Development - Organizational Development Consulting - Partnership Counseling

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I have 30 years of strong, reliable, and varied professional experience in several fields of project management, successfully writing and editing for such organizations as the American Heart Association, City of Los Angeles, County of Orange, American Cancer Society, CIGNA HealthCare Insurance, and HeartWise Patient Education. I enjoy bringing that same caliber of outstanding service to individuals, students, professors, authors, and business professionals. I have a university degree in Sociology and a postgraduate degree in Community Health Education.

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Services include technical writing, fiction writing, screenwriting, ghostwriting, resume writing, proofreading, editing, web content development, and writing consulting/critiquing. Let an award winning, published writer who has 20+ years of experience help make your next project your best. Whether you need a resume that lands you that big job or a manuscript that needs a polish, you can trust that the job will be performed efficiently and professionally.

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  • 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.
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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:

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  • 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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