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  • 38 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mimi V.
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Wyn was extremely conscientious in editing my 2000 word memoir piece. He was happy to explain the reason behind any edit, as well as be candid about the fact that some rewrite suggestions were just a matter of personal opinion (and okay for me to reject). I will incorporate many of his suggestions. He was also obliging in offering his overall opinion (which I asked for), and is very easy to communicate with.

  • 15 years in business
Una N.
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Although I've never met Ralph Dranow in person, I do feel as if I know him through our phone and email contacts. I've really appreciated his feedback and comments on my writing. I feel like I can say anything freely. His editing has given me direction and clarity on what works, how I can make changes to amplify, bring a situation to life, yet sensitive to not taking over and writing for me. Based on my experience with Ralph over the past several months, I whole heartedly recommend Ralph as an editor for life stories.


I am a freelance writer of web content, pamphlets, flyers, articles, case studies, reports, personal statements, etc. And I help people with good ideas write their books - I am a ghostwriter.


I proofread, edit, and ghostwrite anything. I have years of experience reading, digesting, and analyzing large volumes of written material, and have won medals at the local and state level for my oratorical and essay-writing skills, and now I'm willing to use those skills for you.


I consult with clients with their needs for optimizing their uses and strategies with electronic medias (email services, web presentation, etc.) and with "ghostwriting" services in a myriad of genres. I can also assist in various campaigns to reach target clients and audiences.

  • 40 years in business

Provide a full range of editorial services, including ghostwriting, proof reading, copy editing, line editing, developmental editing, rewrite, and original writing.


Writer/editor with 35 years experience at the world's best internet sites and major newspapers across the country. I'll improve your copy, ghost-write, edit books, market your website, proofread or rewrite.

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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.
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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:

  • Hourly rate for grant writers with less experience or fewer grants awarded: $25-$35 per hour.
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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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