What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, I continue to participate in a writing group where we share our work and give constructive criticism. I keep up with current articles and constantly improve my vocabulary.
I am a member of academic web sites that discuss the latest developments in writing.
I read a lot of short stories.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My prices range from $25. to $40. an hour, depending on the length and difficulty of the project. Also, I build driving time into the price if the student's home is far from mine. I usually charge $25. an hour for K-6 students and between $30. and $40. an hour for older students with more complicated writing assignments.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started teaching because I needed to work the same hours my son was in school, and teaching seemed like a good option. Later, I found that I was a gifted educator that got better with time. About eight years after I started teaching, I started to tutor and homeschool, and I realized that was what I really wanted to do. So, here I am!
What types of customers have you worked with?
The most common types of jobs I do for my clients are helping them initiate, develop, and complete their writing projects. I brainstorm with them, outline, compose, edit, and proofread. I guide them; I do not do the work. The projects can be three pages or a hundred pages. My input is always to facilitate their efforts while they accomplish the steps involved.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently helped a graduate student from USC edit and proofread a very important essay for his program in International Diplomacy. English was not his first language, and his issues were mostly focused on grammatical and structural inaccuracies. I guided him through the correct English grammar and helped him reconstruct his sentences. Then, we proofread and polished the essay together. He ended up with an outstanding piece of writing, and we were both proud of it.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure you are comfortable with your tutor. Develop a rapport with him or her, and don't be intimidated or afraid you don't know enough. Make sure your tutor is absolutely sure about what you want and has the skills to provide it.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish they knew how passionate I am about motivating students to dig deep and find those nuggets of talent and imagination that are inside them. I wish they knew that the writing skills I teach them will serve them throughout their academic careers and beyond. I wish they knew I genuinely care about their progress.