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Santa Cruz User Guide Writers

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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.

Peculiar Sightings
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from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Forrest F.
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I have been a longtime user of Thumbtack for a variety of things (DJ's, Home Improvement, etc.) and recently I've started using it for editing. At first I was skeptical about how it would go, but after working with Peculiar Sightings, all my doubts have completely been erased. The entire experience was excellent and I am extremely satisfied. Peculiar Sightings was able to help me a great amount on not only proofreading and editing my paper, but also helping me with the developmental and structural aspects of it. I am looking forward to working with her in the future.

  • 27 years in business
Jacob L.
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If you're looking for someone for help with your writing, not only will Dan do an outstanding job, but he's a nice guy as well. He has an amazing academic resume, works quickly and finishes the job on time! I would not hesitate to recommend Dan Berman to anyone looking for quality editing or writing help.

Dan Berman, Ph.D.
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from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jacob L.
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If you're looking for someone for help with your writing, not only will Dan do an outstanding job, but he's a nice guy as well. He has an amazing academic resume, works quickly and finishes the job on time! I would not hesitate to recommend Dan Berman to anyone looking for quality editing or writing help.

Shaun M.
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Rena did an excellent job of working with Engineering and leading the development of User Manuals for highly technical products for my company.

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