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Insight Editorial
from 16 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Angelina P.
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Tracy is very professional, responds very promptly, and she is a very talented writer. Her editing skills have been a tremendous help in graduate school and I love how Tracy always works very quickly, especially at last minute request. I send every paper to Tracy to have edit, paraphrase, and my grades have improved greatly.

  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Heather W.
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To anyone looking for a professional resume writer look no further! Daniel is very professional, timely but most importantly he was able to work within my budget. I am extremely pleased with the resume he produced and will call on him again in the future.

  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Robert S.
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Dina was a writer/editor at my publication for over 5 years and she is nothing short of incredible. She has such a knack for taking whatever garbage someone spits out and turning it into a masterpiece. She speaks for you so well, you believe that was really you! That is a disadvantage for her, because she should have full credit for her talent. She is also one of the kindest, most patient and helpful people I have ever worked with. Absolutely Gold-Star.

The Write Stuff by Mira
from 2 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracy M.
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Mira is talented, detail-oriented and reliable. I've worked with her for years and have found her to be an excellent writer and quality journalist, who always meets her deadlines. Highly recommended!! Thanks Mira!!

The Hamilton Group
from 2 reviews
    Ken R.
    Verified review

    Let's see... When I led a one week writer's symposium in Paris it was Sequoia who set it up. From the United States to France she brought in the writers, took care of room and board, found fantastic locations for the workshops, and took care of the individual needs of each writer. Her poster advertising the event was the talk from LA to Pari'... Sequoia did it all. I've lectured at numerous Ojai writers and film makers festivals. It was Sequoia who put the whole thing together. She is a dynamo when it comes to setting up events. No one organizes a festival better than Sequoia. And with all the craziness that goes on in setting up meetings, locations, speakers, and dates she never loses her composure or her passion. I would highly recommend her to put on anything from a world's fair or a bar mitzvah.

    Jim King Consulting
    from 2 reviews
      Peter M.
      Verified review

      Jim is one of the most professional and competent real estate professionals I have ever met. I have worked with Jim as both a listing and selling agent. Hard to find anyone better. He is expert at marketing and really understands the nuances of putting the deal together. He is also a good writer and with his expertise in marketing, helped me put together a brochure and other promotional materials on a project we worked on together. Jim is a very talented and hardworking guy.

      Phil A.
      Verified review

      Peter's versatility has proven invaluable to me as a magazine director. He is an impeccable editor whose fine toothed comb meticulously untangles the work of others. Meanwhile, he is also a fine writer whose talents have improved a number of my projects. He is prompt and efficient and always a pleasure to work with.

      The Constantine Report
      from 1 review
      • 8 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Kathryn N.
      Verified review

      Alex is an exceptional writer with whom I've had the pleasure of working several times. I highly recommend him as he is the consummate professional and produces highly-detailed work with a quick turn-around time.

      Marla Miller
      from 1 review
        Rossandra W.
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        Thanks to Marla, I got myself launched into what is definitely a must for a writer these days: getting hooked into the greater world via social media. I probably could've bumbled along and done it without her help. I mean, I'm not stupid. But I resisted the whole process like mad. I'm a writer. I like my little closet. But that was only part of what she did for me. The other part was she teased out an aspect of my book that hadn't been exploited, making it that much more powerful. And marketable. And then there were a couple of throwaway what ifs that got my query singing.


        I write books & movies etc. Books, Movie Screenplay & Scripts. I had an lot of writings lost I didn't back up some files on the computer I had & thanks to UPS they lost my computer. However they are still backed up in my head. I hope to be hearing from you soon. Thank You for your time and Have A Nice Day.

        • 4 years in business

        We begin by doing thorough research before writing anything. This way we know the subject matter and, if it is a sales piece, we know to whom we need to write. We stand by the quality of our work.


        I am proficient in business writing, creative writing, and copywriting as well as editing for grammar, spelling, and consistency.


        Highly skilled in producing written works of art. 9.5 years of experience working within the Healthcare industry. My goal is to deliver exactly what is desired. Yet, at the same time, exceed any and all expectations.


        I am a published, professional with over a decade of experience. I am a regular feature writer for Ventura County Reporter, and actively work as a freelance writer in various genres, to include copywriting, editing, writing business profiles, writing magazine articles for both magazine print and web-based publications, writing news journalism (features), web content, screenplay writing and ghostwriting. I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. In addition, I am an instructor at Santa Barbara City College Center for Lifelong Learning.

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