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  • 20 years in business
  • 684 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.

Koppelman & Associates
4.9
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.

Bri Bruce Productions
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Heidi L.
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I have been fortunate to have Bri Bruce work with me in designing and managing all of the promotional materials for my counseling business. Her aesthetic creativity, keen attention to detail and friendly nature is much appreciated. I will surely hire her for any future projects.

Tony Shavers III
5.0
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.

Black Dot Writing, LLC
5.0
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.

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.

Julio Lara
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Heather V.
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Julio has designed two custom pieces for me -- a wedding invitation and a card to ask for favors people would be willing to give me as a new mom. In both experiences, I shared an idea and some samples to get the process started and Julio took over the creative process. He's easy to work with, always good with deadlines and open to feedback. I would highly recommend Julio.

  • 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.

Erica Ponce
5.0
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.

DM Language Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Tulio S.
    Verified review

    Danielle was my first English teacher at a language institute in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her classes were fun, creative and motivational, especially because she always managed to provide us with the necessary tools to produce language in a meaningful and relevant way. Nowadays, I'm an English teacher myself and, without a doubt, that joyful experience I had when I was just 16 years old made me sure teaching English was what I wanted to do with my life. Needless to say, she was definitely a source of inspiration for me and I'm really happy to do what I do today. Thanks a lot for the classes, they were a lot of fun!

    Creative Designs
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 31 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Ed M.
    Verified review

    Evelyn didn’t just write my resume. She helped me understand what someone reading my resume who didn’t know me would want to see, and what wasn’t necessary to put in. She got me to rethink how I viewed myself and my contributions at work. I am also glad I went with someone local rather than some big resume place because it was more personal and she took the time to get to know me as a person, even though we did everything online and on the phone. I got the job, and the person interviewing me even complemented me on my resume. I’ve recommended her to others and will continue to do so

    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.

      Stacey Holmes Consulting
      4.0
      from 1 review
        Karen R.
        Verified review

        Stacey began her marketing consulting with our start-up about 18 months ago. She is meticulous, creative, easy to work with and always looking for ways to promote our company. Stacey spearheaded our introduction to social platforms. She recently launched a referral program to generate more leads and clients and is working on re-branding. A big budget is always great, but that isn't always available. Stacey provides great value and is a key member of our team. I would definitely recommend Stacey.

        • 19 years in business
        About

        Writer and journalist: I am an experienced writer, blogger, editor, content marketer and web publisher. I help clients tell their stories through extensive research, empathy and the ability to distill complex topics into a compelling narrative that gets the results desired. International experience: I have traveled to Germany,Sweden and Denmark to cover international events and meet with foreign policymakers. Research and content creation: I have extensive experience conducting interviews, editing and formatting articles for publication, and marketing those articles through social and other online marketing channels. Web savvy: I am trained in basic HTML and CSS, and have a growing skillset in wordpress website development.

        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've got a proven track record of messaging audiences numbering up to ten digits across all types of media platforms. Abundant examples of this appear in my online portfolio (see URL). Starting with a thorough assessment of your needs, I can develop a marketing communications plan for you, execute it and provide performance measurements. This isn't a cookie-cutter approach to content creation, publicity and social media, but rather a customized solution. Your goals are my command. I can offer you expertise in: • Publicity; • Social media; • Engagement marketing; • Influencer relations; • Reputation management; • Communications; • Investment commentary; • Project management; • Search engine optimization; • Online advertising; • Cross-platform strategy; and • Event planning. I do full-time onsite consulting contracts, along with taking on part-time retainers and one-time projects. I also love to trade services with small businesses offering things I could really use. I've been featured widely in the media, including the New York Times and CNN. I regularly speak at conferences, such as recent events hosted by MediaPost and the Online Marketing Institute. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me about opportunities, information requests and the like.

        About

        I write stories. You may want to talk about your brand, a problem that you solve and/or about an idea that could make a difference to the world. I see all communication with the lens of a story worth telling. Share with me what you would like to say and I will help you find listeners/readers.

        About

        I am available for short-term or long-term public relations/marketing communications consulting. I have written about a broad range of subjects for both professional and general readers for 40 years, in such diverse forms as ghost-writing a nationally-syndicated medical advice column, to tech manuals for aircraft, to numerous marketing papers for a wide range of companies from Intel to Brio Toys. In addition, I am the author of two published books and a one-man play. I'm a quick study and self-starter and I get up to speed very quickly to meet clients' needs with utmost professionalism and effectiveness.

        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.

        Q & A

        Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

        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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