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  • 20 years in business
  • 685 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rafay B.
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One of the best professional writers I have come across. Born wordsmith. Knows exactly how to handle the tricky and delicate circumstances. Ability to re-frame anything to fit the desired result. Whether it is spinning a negative into a positive or writing with emotion to evoke a desired result, she is a master of all. My experience has been wonderful.

Midnight Writer Productions
from 68 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
Shelley G.
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Mike did a great job with my resume. I was very happy with the end result! I needed a professional edge to update my outdated resume and he came through. Awesome work! Thank you!

Koppelman & Associates
from 26 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Lysa H.
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Koppelman & Associates produced outstanding video and other creative work for a project involving Bay Area transit agencies. Charles Koppelman really understood his client's needs and was strategic in developing a vision for how to best meet those needs. He kept the entire project on track and delivered a high-quality TV spot along with a range of other creative materials and recommendations. He also managed production costs well, which was key since the project had a pretty tight budget, and adhered to an ambitious timeline. I would highly recommend Koppelman & Associates for video production and other creative work.

Marian Librarian
from 12 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Naveed S.
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She was super good and easy to work with. Final project came out better then expected. Most reasonable creative writer you can find for a very affordable price out there. I wouldn't try anyone else but her for my next project.

Tony Shavers III
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shelby W.
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I’ve always had a fear of stepping out on my creative journey due to the thought of failure; working with Tony helped me get over that. Now I’m in the beginning stages of writing my first poetry book and starting up a jewelry business. I would have never been able to do that without Tony’s support.

  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jay T.
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Anish always arrived fully prepared for each lesson. He is super capable and has a way to make even mundane material somewhat interesting. I would recommend him to anyone that wants to increase their score, and fast. He is also an excellent writer, and really put these skills to work when brainstorming with me for my personal statement.

  • 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.

Hopscotch Resume
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.

Black Dot Writing, LLC
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Austin K.
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Kate is super smart, such a joy to work with, and very professional. She is creative, but dialed-in. Great balance.

WriteStuff Ink
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ana C.
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Jim was great to work with. He is a very good and creative writer. Highly recommend. Thanks

Kristen Cosby
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Paul L.
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Kristen edited my PhD dissertation in psychology superbly. She strengthened the quality of my writing significantly, taught me a number of techniques to improve further, and worked extremely quickly and professionally. I would recommend Kristen to anyone looking for a great teacher, writer or editor.

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

Metacognition Press
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn H.
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Don is a considerate, accurate and helpful editor. I couldn't ask for better in thems of helpful objectivity as regards his hand on my copy. Addtionally, his supplemental comments are always useful and thought-provoking. Any writer with access to his talents is fortunate indeed.

Erica Ponce
from 5 reviews
  • 23 years in business
SofiadiltzSofia D.
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Erica goes above and beyond basic work ethics. She is professional, reliable, and most of all, an amazing people person. She intuitively knows what the situation calls for and puts clients at ease. Erica pays heavy attention to detail and can spruce up any project, event or task at hand. She has a natural knack for being efficient, effective and precise, all while keeping it fun and creative. It’s always a pleasure to work with Erica Ponce.

Steve Dulas
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Carla M.
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Due to my diminishing knowledge of English grammar, I searched the Internet for an editor to help navigate the murky byways of periods, commas, verb endings and sentence structure. Thankfully I came upon Steve Dulas, a former copy editor for a local county newspaper in the San Francisco Bay area. I couldn't be more pleased with Steve’s work. Not only does he have a lifetime career in editing and turning out “clean” copy, but I found he also carefully reads for content and offers creative and sometimes just common sense advice to look at vague or weak areas so that the narrative flows and is coherent. This advice is always given as a kind suggestion; Steve is never demeaning or heavy handed. Steve reviewed half of my book (45,000 words) in a timely two week period, sending me one copy with the changes and yet another copy with creative thoughts in specific places. It really was an outstanding job. I can happily give Steve a five star reference and am certain anyone would be as pleased as I was to find him. I plan to use him again.


Fast turnaround while being detail-oriented and thorough


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.


I am a tutor and mentor with more than 10 years of experience. During the year, I work in an elementary school and during the summer I teach at a visual and performance art camp that focuses on empowerment. I combine my creativity, compassionate communication skills and knowledge of the classroom to help kids gain confidence and life-long learning strategies. I tutor all K-8 subjects--my specialties are math and writing. I have experience working with learning differences, including ADD, ADHD and Asbergers. Excellent local references available by request.

  • 21 years in business

I've managed my own website for 17 years and have traveled extensively. I am currently working as an IT project manager. The work I do in IT has included proposal writing, requirements, designs and training documentation. I have managed projects involving enterprise applications with a global user base. I am also a certified CPR instructor and have experience in disaster management.


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.


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.

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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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