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Koppelman & Associates
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Albert B.
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Charles is a very talented writer and worked already on a few internationally acclaimed projects, for the BBC and more recently for a world class Cuban opera. Another important skill, he translates very well written ideas into video concepts, he understands well both worlds. I worked with him on a few projects and I will sure use his talents again.

Marian Librarian
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Guy G.
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Marian is one of the most ambitious, proactive and provocative writers I've ever had the pleasure to work with. While writing for DBW, she did a great job of eliciting valuable insights from industry thought leaders, identifying worthwhile new media opportunities for authors, and walking the walk when it comes to social media. Don't be fooled by her age; she's smart beyond her years.

  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
PW T.
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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.

  • 19 years in business
  • 5 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.

Hopscotch Resume
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Louise V.
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I strongly believe that the ability to write an effective and targeted resume to get the attention of potential employers requires special skills, and Michele definitely possesses these skills. Within a week after she completed my resume, I landed a new job that fit my interests, skills and experience. I am extremely satisfied with Michele's work as a resume writer and highly recommend her.

Holocene Web Solutions
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Robbie Y.
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Great writer.

Sana M.
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She was Awesome!! Taught me all the basic punches and how to block myself as well. Would def book again

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth P.
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Cynthia is one of the best, most empowering, most nurturing coaches I have ever had the honor of working with. Her wisdom runs as deep as her compassion, and I have felt heard, understood, and supported by her from the very first moment we talked. To me, she is a sort of Creative Midwife and Human Angel, helping me to break through years of paralyzing fear and self-doubt in order to manifest one of my oldest and dearest of dreams. Again and again, she has listened to me, encouraged me, and advocated for me in a way that gives me hope, more hope than I have ever felt before. If you're ready to change your life in a real way, contact Cynthia. Particularly for writers like myself, I can't imagine a more perfect and intuitive coach.

  • 8 years in business
Michael P.
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Fred Reiss is a brilliant writer,journalist and novelist!I know him best as a colleague of helping comedy! His insights on wellness,recovery from cancer and his joy of life inspire me and my family! I know of no one who could challenge people to get wiser,better and more compassionate.He is more than a role model he is an exceptional and rare human of substance and endurance of positivity and serenity of surfing life! A wave of goodness to all!

John Hickey
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Pete W.
    Verified review

    John Hickey is a wholly dependable reporter/writer with valuable insights into numerous areas of coverage. But even in areas where he has ample expertise, he approaches each assignment with fresh eyes, does ample research, asks good -- often, probing -- questions and distills it all into an easily understood story that informative, entertaining and enlightening. You'll come to appreciate John's writing style, too. He doesn't talk down to his readers. Rather, he's very much like your neighbor sitting on your porch telling you a story.

    Colleen J McCullough
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Jimmy H.
      Verified review

      I have had Colleen's help in editing two very different projects: a business proposal and a website, so this is almost two reviews in one. Both were done VERY well - she is a strong technical writer with an eye for professional writing. The website, which was to promote an event I created, was completely different. I wanted it to be really fun and informative. Colleen is creative with an awesome sense of humor and she was perfect for the job. She took my dull content and turned it into something that was actually fun to read. Versatile, fast and smart. I strongly recommend her for your editing or writing needs.

      Frank C.
      Verified review

      I have worked with Jeff for the last three years, and he is, without a doubt, one of the best people I have ever had the opportunity to work with. As his supervisor, I worked with him closely, and he consistently delivered products that were high quality. He is always open to feedback, and embodied the voice of our organization in person and via communications (digital, social, etc.). He is passionate about social justice, education, the arts, and was a champion and ally for our students. His playfulness and professionalism made him an invaluable asset to our organization.

      Jeremy Dorn
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Sheldon L.
        Verified review

        Is the primary ghost writer for a new book on my successful migraine treatments. It is not quite done, but feedback from others is very positive.

        About

        I have found that my enthusiasm for all types of writing, thorough research of topics, and meticulous attention to correct grammar and spelling sets me apart from many other writers one will find on the web. Whether article writing, providing web content, publishing with WordPress, MS Word, MS LiveWriter, or Adobe Acrobat, I am experienced and can fulfill your needs.

        About

        Having trouble finding the right words? Words That Work provides writing and editing services for effective marketing, media, and more. With years of experience crafting everything from the tersest of T-shirt copy to lengthy white papers (and that's only on the marketing side), Words That Work can help you get your message across so that it's not only heard, but also truly listened to. Whatever the project, whether you're looking for a minor edit, start-to-finish writing services, or anything in-between, Words That Work can help. Experience includes work for Adobe and Apple, as well as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Chronicle.

        About

        Hi! I am an Ivy League educated attorney who has many years of writing and editing experience, both professionally and creatively. I have assisted in teaching creative writing and legal writing, and have proofread doctorate students' dissertations in a variety of fields. I am also available to help you prepare your resume, cover letter, and/or admissions essays, and I have helped many students get into the colleges and programs of their choice. I am happy to work with you on a sliding scale, depending on your needs. Please let me know if you have any questions. Looking forward to hearing from you!

        About

        My motto: "Dry" topics don't have to be dull. My areas of expertise and interest: personal finance, small-biz management, urban planning and environmental issues. They're far from boring to cover -- I've tagged along with a Secret Service agent hunting identity theft gangs online, and got my "investing fortune" read by a palm reader/technology consultant. * I was a staff writer for Self, Money and Red Herring magazines. Now as a San Francisco-based freelancer, I write for print and Web publications including Bankrate, AdvisorMax, Edutopia, Harvard Management Update and MSNBC.com. * On the Internet side, I was editor of Quicken.com, covering finance and small-business topics for 2.5 million users. * All the knowledge I've gained has led me to regular corporate writing assignments. Recent clients include Intuit, Cisco Systems, and the University of California. I have worked as an editor for a custom publishing company, working with clients like Comcast and the Credit Union League of California to create magazines and newsletters for their customers. I also write marketing collateral and business strategies for nonprofit organizations. * I also write and edit for nonprofits, most recently The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ashoka and the University of California.

        About

        I am a WGA -west writer-editor-producer who has worked and taught professionally n fiction, non-fiction, and print. I have too many examples to list. But, if you are serious about desiring professionally quality work, I will forward my web site and samples.

        About

        I have over 10 years of experience as a writer and editor for everything from articles, manuscripts, marketing collateral, website copy, advertising cop, scripts, training materials, and business documents. I have a knack for conveying complex subjects in a clear, engaging manner. I also understand how to grab and sustain interest on websites.

        About

        I am a Masters in English, a published writer, competitive web/ technical editor. Enjoy dealing in the nuances of english language and have a gifted knack of teaching people.

        About

        We want to help you make your business the best it can be online. She's the strategist; he's the usability guy. Working together, our job is to ensure that your online presence -- from social media to websites and online products reflect the best of your business.

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        Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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        • 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.

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