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6. Intuitive Gateways Editing & Writing
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  • 20 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Saint Cloud, FL
"Welcome to Intuitive Gateways! As an editor, novelist, memoirist, and poet, I’m sure I have the skills to take your writing project to the next level. I’m a published author and a nationally-awarded writer. I have 25 years of experience teaching, have published 7 books and numerous articles. I currently teach writing classes at Broward College and have taught at an additional 5 colleges and universities. I have worked within many genres; thriller, romance, sci-fi, literally novels, memoirs, self-help books, poetry. I like to see rough material transformed into a finished draft. I am inspired by the writers I've worked with as well. I enjoy words and making sentences flow. I believe all good writing is a discovery of self and world from each unique author's perspective and I look for the golden nuggets in each piece I read and try to bring them forth. Sometimes paragraphs are out of order, more effective beginnings and endings can be found, scenery and landscape needs developing. Resonance is important for subtle symbols to get across to readers unconsciously. I enjoy finding or suggesting nuances that occur to me while studying the work. I've published in 4 genres, poetry, fiction, memoir and literary criticism, so I am quite versatile and have worked with many different kinds of books including thrillers, romances, sci-fi, literary novels, memoirs, self-help books, and a wide range from poetry to instructional manuals. I am a word wizard and can tune into another writer's unique voice to make my editing compatible. Whether you are working on a new novel, a collection of essays or stories, a non-fiction subject or a magazine article, I am here to help and look forward to hearing about your writing project. Formal Biographical Note Books: Deborah DeNicola is the author of seven books. Her most recent publication is her poetry collection, Original Human, from Word Tech Press for which she received her fifth Pushcart Nomination. Her spiritual memoir, and Amazon Best Seller, "The Future That Brought Her Here" from Nicholas Hays/Ibis Press reached #1 is Psychology and Social Sciences on Amazon.com in Sept 2009 and won an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Book Festival in 2013. In 2007 Finishing Line Press published Inside Light, a chapbook. Deborah edited the anthology Orpheus & Company; Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology from The University Press of New England at Dartmouth College. Awards: $20,000 Individual Artist Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, 2008 The analytical essay award from Packingtown Review and The Santa Barbara Poetry Award. The first place award from Briar Cliff Review Poetry Competition in 2006 and Carpe Articulum’s first place in their 2010 Poetry Contest. In 2013 for the short story, “Come Alone to the Alone,” Deborah won The Carol Bly Short Story Competition and is featured on writersrisingup.com. She was awarded a Poetry Fellowship in 1997 from the National Endowment for the Arts, William T. Foley Award from America, The Barbara Bradley Award from The New England Poetry Club, and a Special Mention from The Pushcart Prizes 1992. She is the author of Where Divinity Begins (Alice James Press) and four other chapbooks, Inside Light (2007) from Finishing Line Press, Harmony of the Next (2005) which won the Riverstone Chapbook Award, Psyche Revisited (1992), which won the Embers Magazine Chapbook Contest, and Rainmakers (Coyote Love Press ). Deborah has received 6 Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poems and reviews have been published in many anthologies and journals such as The North American Review, The Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Fiction International, Nimrod, The Journal, The Boston Book Review, Prairie Schooner, Runes and Orion among others. Fellowships and Other Residencies: A Bread Loaf Scholar, a recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Centrum Foundation, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Vermont Studios, Teaching: As an adjunct professor Deborah has taught in the Boston area at The Massachusetts College of Art, Boston University, Massasoit College, Pine Manor College, and Lesley University. She currently teaches writing at Broward College, and dream image workshops in South Florida. She served as Poetry Reviewer for The Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Sunday newspaper. She is an associate editor for the South Florida Poetry Journal and a freelance editor for people working on books. Deborah is also a Dream Coach who works off her website iswww.intuitivegateways.com,. and an adjunct professor at Broward College. Deborah studied Dream Image Work with Robert Bosnak, the founder of Embodied Dreaming Technique. She has presented Writing Workshops and Dream Image workshops at The Duncan Center, Delray Beach, FL., Inner Wisdom Books, Deerfield Beach, FL, The Goddess Store, Hollywood, FL, The Crystal Garden, Boynton Beach, FL, The Unitarian Universalist Church, Andover, MA, The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment and Bridges of Wellness in Ft. Lauderdale, Rowe Conference Center in Rowe, MA, Open Doors Bookstore, Braintree, MA, and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA."

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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.
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Your website is often the first thing your customers see when they’re searching for a business or service on the web. As the face of your organization, your website needs to be attractive and functional, offering the latest features that users now expect. To plan and design a site that both reflects your company’s mission and values and appeals to customers takes a professional web designer. While free online services can help people set up websites, web designers can provide a unique solution made specifically to meet customers’ personal or business needs.

Most web designers offer a wide variety of services to make your website aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. Modern web design must be mobile-friendly and scalable, capable of expanding to include a blog, social media sites, and even video streaming; web designers are experts at integrating various web technologies. They can build the site, add functionality, test it, launch it on a live server, and track and maintain its performance.

In addition to web design and graphic design, some web design providers also offer development and security services, including search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and management, logo design, site maintenance, domain registration and hosting, protection against malware, and digital marketing and content services.

What do you look for in a web design company?

The web design company you choose must be able to interpret your company’s mission and identity and turn it into an appealing website that connects with potential customers. They must help you reach your target audience and meet your business goals. A web design agency should have on staff both talented web designers, with fresh ideas and extensive technical and creative skills, and a marketing team that knows how to drive traffic to your site, encourage visitor engagement, and convert visitors into customers. Web designers should be able to build in search optimization and integrate your site with a content management system and e-commerce tools. Look, too, for a website design company that understands responsive design and can optimize your website for mobile devices and desktop browsers. The right web design company understand current design and website trends, has experience building sites in a variety of industries (not just yours), and has an expansive portfolio of live websites. Finally, don’t simply hire the cheapest bidder — in web design, as in all things, you get what you pay for.

How do you hire a web designer?

You’ve determined that the best way to create a professional, modern, mobile-friendly new website is to hire a professional web designer to build it. To hire the best person for the job — and to get the web design that best fits your company’s identity — it’s important to ask a few key questions:

  • What’s the scope of the work? Will the website be basic with just a few pages about your company, its services, and contact information? Or will it also have an e-commerce section for online shopping, a blog, or content for visitors to download? Before you hire a web designer, make sure you have a thorough, specific list of the components you must have the designer include in the web design.
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  • What’s the web designer’s start-to-finish process? What will the final deliverable be? Before you hire someone, make sure their availability works with your timeline and that their process meets your expectations. Most important is finding a web designer who will work collaboratively with you to create a successful online presence.

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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